Check GMAT Club Decision Tracker for the Latest School Decision Releases https://gmatclub.com/AppTrack

 It is currently 23 May 2017, 02:22

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2006
Posts: 114
Location: United States
WE: Consulting (Telecommunications)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 51 [3] , given: 44

The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

12 May 2013, 23:40
3
KUDOS
2
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

5% (low)

Question Stats:

89% (01:53) correct 11% (00:51) wrong based on 557 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
If you have any questions
New!
Manager
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 180
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 230 [6] , given: 103

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

12 May 2013, 23:59
6
KUDOS
There are two new words in conclusion -> Low cost , Same nourishment => we need to attack

The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
wrong- it actually strengthens...the varieties are same

B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
wrong- Does not attack the conclusion
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
wrong- not related to conclusion
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
wrong- it does not attack the low cost
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
Correct - perfectly attacks the low cost word in conclusion

IMO E
_________________

If u can't jump the 700 wall , drill a big hole and cross it .. I can and I WILL DO IT ...need some encouragement and inspirations from U ALL

Intern
Joined: 14 Apr 2013
Posts: 44
GMAT 1: 740 Q50 V40
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 107 [1] , given: 3

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 May 2013, 00:07
1
KUDOS
Argument:
Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples.
Apple growers from Kosolia, a neighbouring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Pre thinking:
Kasolia Apple growers plan depends on promoting their apples as low cost alterntive.Anything which counter this will weaken their plan.

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
INCORRECT: This will actually help the plan as the texture can be the same.

B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
INCORRECT: irrelevant

C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
INCORRECT: irrelevant

D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
INCORRECT: It can help the plan as shortage of apples in Ertland can be taken care.

E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
CORRECT: it will weaken the plan as kasolias plan is based on providing a LOW COST ALTERNATIVES.
_________________

Moderator
Joined: 01 Sep 2010
Posts: 3164
Followers: 854

Kudos [?]: 7289 [0], given: 1063

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 May 2013, 01:08

This is not a 700 level IMO
_________________
Manager
Joined: 18 Aug 2006
Posts: 114
Location: United States
WE: Consulting (Telecommunications)
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 51 [0], given: 44

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

13 May 2013, 02:19
carcass wrote:

This is not a 700 level IMO

This is from the Souvik's Official GMAT collection. I invariably "assumed" that all of the questions in the document were of 700 level.

Edit: This is the link the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-cr-140375.html

6th question in the document.
Intern
Joined: 23 Apr 2013
Posts: 22
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 20 [1] , given: 1

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

14 May 2013, 02:51
1
KUDOS
anilisanil wrote:
The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.

The key points of the given passage are:
1) Consumers of Ertland are fond of their home grown apples due to the unique texture of the apples.
2) Apple growers from Kosolia plan to sell their apples in Ertland at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

We need to select the option which casts the most doubt on the viability of Kosolian apple growers' plans.

Let us examine the options.

Option A: Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
This option in fact reinforces their plan because if the Ertland apples were originally derived from Kosolian varieties then the texture of the both apples is most probably the same. This adds to the advantage of the Kosolian apple growers' plan to sell their apples in Ertland because Ertland consumers like their own apples because of the texture of the apple.
Hence Option A is wrong.

Option B: Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
This option too strengthens the Kosolian apple growers' plan because they are planning to sell their apples in Ertland at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.
Hence Option B is incorrect.

Option C: At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
This is irrelevant to the plan.
Hence Option C is incorrect.

Option D: Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
This again strengthens the Kosolian apple growers' plan. Because of the abundant supply of their apples, they can always sell their apples to the Ertland people who need apples.
Hence Option D is incorrect.

Option E: Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.
This will be a problem for the Kosolian apple growers because this will prove detrimental to their plan of selling apples as a low-cost alternative.
Hence Option E is correct.

So the correct answer is Option E.
GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10367
Followers: 996

Kudos [?]: 223 [0], given: 0

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Jul 2014, 10:01
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Intern
Joined: 04 Oct 2014
Posts: 7
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 17

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Oct 2014, 13:47
damn. got the countries mixed up, why cant they just use real countries or at least some from lord of the rings
Manager
Joined: 01 Jul 2009
Posts: 227
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 30 [1] , given: 39

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Oct 2014, 11:46
1
KUDOS
I concur with you guys IMO it's E. having high profit margin, local apple growers, distributors and resellers will be able to reduce the price to remain competitive yet still make profit. And since Ertland's consumers prefer local apples, their apples will have a competitive edge over foreign apples and remain their positions in the market.
_________________

Consider giving Kudos if you like the post.

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10367
Followers: 996

Kudos [?]: 223 [0], given: 0

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 May 2016, 20:20
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Manager
Joined: 03 Jan 2016
Posts: 92
WE: Operations (Manufacturing)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 18 [0], given: 14

Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any [#permalink]

### Show Tags

26 Sep 2016, 01:23
anilisanil wrote:
The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any significant quantity because consumers there generally prefer the unique texture of Ertland-grown apples. Nevertheless, apple growers from Kosolia, a neighboring country, plan to sell their apples in Ertland by selling Kosolia-grown apples at half the price of local apples and promoting them as a nourishing, low-cost alternative.

Which of the following, if true, casts most doubt on the viability of the plan by Kosolia's apple growers to sell their apples in Ertland?

A Most of the varieties of apples grown in Ertland were originally derived from common Kosolian varieties.
B Consumers in Ertland tend to spend about the same proportion of their income on fresh fruits and vegetables as do consumers in Kosolia.
C At times in the past, Ertland has exported significant quantities of apples to Kosolia.
D Some varieties of apples grown in Kosolia can be harvested throughout most of the year, whereas the varieties grown in Ertland can be harvested only during two months of the year.
E Profit of Ertland-grown apples are high enough in Ertland that growers, wholesalers, and retailers there could easily afford to reduce the price at which these apples are sold.

Assumption: Kosolia growers assumes that with low cost apples they can capture market.

Option E: Is related to our assumption. It says if ertland growers reduce their prices than whole plan falters
Re: The country of Ertland has never imported apples in any   [#permalink] 26 Sep 2016, 01:23
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2 In the past the country of Malvernia has relied heavily on imported 3 06 Dec 2015, 22:33
1 The country of Ertland has never imported 0 05 Jun 2015, 05:07
37 In the past the country of Malvernia has relied heavily on imported 10 17 Apr 2017, 00:58
5 Country W has banned importation of oranges from Country V 4 17 May 2017, 06:46
23 Country X imposes heavy tariffs on imported manufactured 38 12 Apr 2017, 09:42
Display posts from previous: Sort by