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The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars

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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars  [#permalink]

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THE CORRECT ANSWER IS B

Imagine a physically handicapped person who cannot drive . Lets say he cannot drive a bike because he has no arms (hands).
One day while cleaning his house he finds a brand new, expensive, sports helmet for a racing bike.

IS THE HELMET ANY GOOD FOR HIM? NO IT IS NOT. DID HE PAID MONEY TO BUY IT. NO HE JUST FOUND IT (FREE). MAY BE EARLIER TENANT FORGET IT IN THE HOUSE.

WOULD HE EVER BUY THE HELMET HIMSELF... NO.. ITS A WASTE OF MONEY. HE CANNOT DRIVE A BIKE BECAUSE HE HAS NO HANDS. SO WHY WOULD HE WASTE MONEY ON A HELMET.

SO ESSENTIALLY HE WILL BE HAVE THE HELMET STORED SOMEWHERE IN HIS CUPBOARD.

Similarly:- Imagine a person who doesn't know how to use software "XYZ". But he downloads a pirated version of a software XYZ . He downloads it because he can. Because it's free. But is the pirated software any use to him. Absolutely not !! He does not know how to use XYZ. So just like the helmet , the sofware XYZ will get stored somewhere in his computer hard drive. It will never be used.

NOW THINK :- If piracy is banned what will happen. It would become impossible possible to download pirated software.
Now will the person buy software XYZ. NO. Why would he ?
He don't use it at all. Why would he waste money on something that is of no use to him.

SO the software industry claim that they are losing millions because of piracy is not valid.

THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY SAYS :- "LETS US PUT AND END TO PIRACY".

What will happen. Most of the free loaders who just download the software for fun will not be able to download the software.
In any case the sale will not increase.
Hence No increase in revenue for the software industry.

WHAT OPTION MATCHES OUR PRE-THINKING ?

B) Most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them



crejoc wrote:
The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them
B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them
C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties
D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry
E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale

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Originally posted by LogicGuru1 on 10 Jul 2016, 12:02.
Last edited by LogicGuru1 on 01 Oct 2016, 01:06, edited 3 times in total.
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Thanks, your explanation to why "D" is wrong clears my doubt :)

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crejoc wrote:
The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars when users illegally copy programs without paying for them is greatly exaggerated. Most of the illegal copying is done by people with no serious interest in the programs. Thus, the loss to the industry is much smaller than estimated because

A.many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them

B.most of the illegally copied programs would not be purchased even if purchasing them were the only way to obtain them

C.even if the computer industry received all the revenue it claims to be losing, it would still be experiencing financial difficulties

D.the total market value of all illegal copies is low in comparison to the total revenue of the computer industry

E.the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low in comparison to the number of programs available for sale

OA later after discussion..


This is "explain the argument question"
Let's do it by POE -
(A) - The word "never", makes this option too extreme. Incorrect.
(B) - Nothing wrong in it. Let's hold on to it.
(C) - This answer choice talks about "financial difficulties" of computer industry and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.
(D) - This answer option compares "the total market value of all illegal copies" to " the total revenue of the computer industry" and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.
(E) - This answer option compares "the number of programs that are frequently copied illegally is low" to " the number of programs available for sale" and does not explain why the losses claimed are exaggerated. Incorrect.

(B) wins by POE.
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New post 30 Sep 2016, 04:44
Hi experts,

I have a question about the argument,

the argument states those illegal copying people are not serious in the programs.
even though they are not interested in the program, it doesn't imply or indicate they won't buy, it's not the necessary reason I think.

please help clarify

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New post 30 Sep 2016, 05:25
zoezhuyan wrote:
Hi experts,

I have a question about the argument,

the argument states those illegal copying people are not serious in the programs.
even though they are not interested in the program, it doesn't imply or indicate they won't buy, it's not the necessary reason I think.

please help clarify

thanks a lot
have a nice day
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Notice that we have to strengthen the claim that the reasoning given is exaggerated. Only B does that. B clearly says that they are not going to purchase these products.

Also, none of the answer choices strengthen the argument but B.
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Re: The computer industry's estimate that it loses millions of dollars  [#permalink]

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New post 09 Jun 2018, 06:07
Hi experts, mikemcgarry, GMATNinjaTwo, GMATNinja, MagooshExpert Carolyn,
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I am bit confused by answer choice A,

if many users who illegally copy programs never find any use for them,
then it is unlikely to pay for it, then the loss is small,

I am not sure what is my reasoning bug.
Please elaborate.

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