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The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical textbooks, or both.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred?
(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

If all the statements are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.
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11 Sep 2012, 21:40
Which one of the following can be properly inferred?
(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices. Not necessary, what if the bookstore decides to sell books at market prices.

(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume. Now this option is trying to lure us to think that all these books will be below market prices. What if the prices are at or above the market prices???

(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers. The sentence starts with "The only way", which is the key to the correct answer choice. this option is mentioned in the first statement.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers. Not stated anywhere.

(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices. Rather this is opposite to what the argument conveys. Actually a bookstore can.
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20 Mar 2014, 13:48

What's the OA for the second one? I'm going with D

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25 May 2014, 11:20
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.

if you looked at the passage, you will find that author say : in order to get profit from selling books below - market prices you need to get discount. This means "get discount first then you can get profit from the below MKt". but the answer "C" say the opposite. the answer says: you sell at profit from below mkt to get discount. how can this happened ?????
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06 Jul 2014, 11:11
Even argument is not limiting the scope that only by getting discount from publisher a bookstore can sell profitably below discount price. It states unless book store is not able to generate high volumes.

Thus we have two ways to make profit below market price.

I think B is the best option for 1st.

and D is for 2nd.
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The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical textbooks, or both.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred?
(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

If all the statements are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.

First one: The argument states that a bookstore can sale profitably at below market prices only if it gets discounts (There is no other way). Conclusion: Sale at blow market prices --> the store gets discounts. C it is.

Second one: As above, the only way to generate profits from books below market prices is when the store gets discount. the discount is provided if the store either caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a specialized market. If the bookstore does not have any of those two, it won't get discounts and thus cannot sell profitably at below-market prices. Thus C cannot be true.

Also if you test, the rest can be true which strengthens your answer choice C.

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The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical textbooks, or both.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred?
(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

If all the statements are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.

Can someone provide OA for these 2 qstns
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The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical textbooks, or both.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred?
(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

If all the statements are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?
(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.
(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.
(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.

There is a chain of events:-
cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market------------>High sales volume------- > get discounts from publishers-----------> profitably sell books at below-market prices

Any break in the above chain does not lead to the next event.

Let's look at the question 1- Inference

(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices. Question says that bookstore CAN sell the books profitably. It does not mean that the bookstore WILL definitely sell.
(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume. High sales volume CAN be generated by catering to mass market; however, it is NOT necessary that it WILL generate.
(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers. True. This is exclusively given in the first statement. only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers
(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers. We don't know if the opposite of statement D is true.
(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices. Both are not required. It can either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market

Question 2- Which CANNOT be true (that means all but one will be true)

(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices. Yes, it is possible if publishers are providing discounts to bookstores.
(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices. Yes, it is possible if publishers are NOT providing discounts to bookstores.
(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices. IMO, it can be true if the bookstore cater to mass tastes. Please advise if I am wrong.
(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers. Can be true if the bookstore does not cater to mass tastes.
(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers. Can be true if the bookstore does not cater to mass tastes.
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For A----> B true, it is not necessary that B-------->A will be true.
But if it is given that the only way to B is A as in A(only)------------>B then B--->A is true.
Thus, C is correct.

Could anyone please confirm if the logic I'm applying is correct.
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05 Feb 2017, 06:46
shishirgmat2016 wrote:
For A----> B true, it is not necessary that B-------->A will be true.
But if it is given that the only way to B is A as in A(only)------------>B then B--->A is true.
Thus, C is correct.

Could anyone please confirm if the logic I'm applying is correct.

Yeah, I think it is correct.

OA for both the questions -> C
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The only way that bookstores can profitably sell books at below-market prices is to get the books at a discount from publishers. Unless bookstores generate a high sales volume, however, they cannot get discounts from publishers. To generate such volume, bookstores must either cater to mass tastes or have exclusive access to a large specialized market, such as medical textbooks, or both.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred?

(A) If a bookstore receives discounts from publishers, it will profitably sell books at below-market prices.
--> reverse the causality.

(B) A bookstore that caters to mass tastes or has exclusive access to a large specialized market will have a high sales volume.

(C) A bookstore that profitably sells books at below-market prices gets discounts from publishers.
--> correct as highlighted in green color.

(D) A bookstore that does not sell books at below market prices does not get discounts from publishers.

(E) A bookstore that not only caters to mass tastes but also has exclusive access to a large specialized market cannot profitably sell books at below-market prices.

If all the statements are true and if it is also true that a bookstore does not cater to mass tastes, which one of the following CANNOT be true?

(A) The bookstore profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.

(B) The bookstore does not profitably sell any of its books at below-market prices.

(C) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market but profitably sells some of its books at below-market prices.

(D) Either the bookstore has exclusive access to a large specialized market or else it does not get a discount from any publishers.
--> correct.

(E) The bookstore does not have exclusive access to a large specialized market, nor does it get a discount from any publishers.
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