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The manager of BigShoppe, a company that lets customers purchase fresh fruits and vegetables online, suggests that customer orders be packed in extra-strong cartons to eliminate damage during transportation. Though these cartons are more expensive, overall costs would remain unaffected since the additional packaging cost is almost equal to the cost of refunding customers who received damaged fruits and vegetables.

Which of the following would it be most important to ascertain in determining whether implementing the manager’s proposal would have the argued-for effect on costs?

(A) Whether BigShoppe dispatchers habitually send out damaged fruits and vegetables to customers
(B) Whether the transportation companies used by BigShoppe will handle the new cartons carefully
(C) Whether the percentage of refunds that BigShoppe makes is higher than those seen by other online shopping companies
(D) Whether some customers are themselves responsible for the damage caused to the produce
(E) Whether fruits and vegetables are more vulnerable to incurring damage during shipping than are other fragile products.

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The manager of BigShoppe, a company that lets customers purchase fresh fruits and vegetables online, suggests that customer orders be packed in extra-strong cartons to eliminate damage during transportation. Though these cartons are more expensive, overall costs would remain unaffected since the additional packaging cost is almost equal to the cost of refunding customers who received damaged fruits and vegetables.

Which of the following would it be most important to ascertain in determining whether implementing the manager’s proposal would have the argued-for effect on costs?

(A) Whether BigShoppe dispatchers habitually send out damaged fruits and vegetables to customers
(B) Whether the transportation companies used by BigShoppe will handle the new cartons carefully
(C) Whether the percentage of refunds that BigShoppe makes is higher than those seen by other online shopping companies
(D) Whether some customers are themselves responsible for the damage caused to the produce
(E) Whether fruits and vegetables are more vulnerable to incurring damage during shipping than are other fragile products.

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The answer is A.
We can solve this question using the Alternative approach, by going through the answers:
(A) Whether BigShoppe dispatchers habitually send out damaged fruits and vegetables to customers - if this is true, i.e. if the vegetables are damaged before they are even sent then strong packaging won't help! this is a very important thing to ascertain... looks good!
(B) Whether the transportation companies used by BigShoppe will handle the new cartons carefully the whole point of the strong packaging is that it makes it less important how it is handled. no!
(C) Whether the percentage of refunds that BigShoppe makes is higher than those seen by other online shopping companies irrelevant - we care whether Bigshoppe's expenses will change relative to themselves, not to other companies
(D) Whether some customers are themselves responsible for the damage caused to the produce at first glance this looks like it could be relevant. but consider - even if the customers are responsible, it probably occurs when they are transporting the groceries home, and thus is still very probable that strong packaging will solve the problem. So this is not a relevant fact
(E) Whether fruits and vegetables are more vulnerable to incurring damage during shipping than are other fragile products. irrelevant - we care whether the fruits and vegetables's expenses will drop - we don't care how they compare to other products
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Official Answer: A

The argument is that using superior packaging would be beneficial and will offset the cost that BigShoppe incurs through refunds. The assumption is that using superior packaging would essentially ensure that the fruits and vegetables BigShoppe sends to customers will not have to be replaced. Option A poses the right evaluation, in that if it is found that BigShoppe is sending already damaged fruits and vegetables to customers, then the damage isn’t caused during transportation and therefore, using better packing material would be pointless. Thus, A is the correct answer.

(A) This option helps us evaluate the argument as mentioned above.
(B)We are worried about the superior packaging. We don’t need to know about how they will be handled.
(C) We don’t need to know about the percentage of refunds.
(D) We don’t need to know who is responsible.
(E) We don’t need to know about other products.
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