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The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price?

(A) 40%

(B) 35%

(C) 30%

(D) 26%

(E) 24%

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Bunuel wrote:
The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price?

(A) 40%

(B) 35%

(C) 30%

(D) 26%

(E) 24%

Assume the price of the left-handed widget to be $100 before 1981. In 1981 the price went up by 20% and the price went up by 20% in 1982 The cost of the left-handed widget in 1982 is 1.1*(1.2(100)) =$132

In order to restore the price to its pre-1981 price, we would need to
bring down the cost of $32, which is a decrease of $$\frac{32}{132}*100 = \frac{3200}{132} = 24$$%(Option E) _________________ You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got Current Student P Joined: 07 Jan 2016 Posts: 1090 Location: India GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V36 Re: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 [#permalink] ### Show Tags Bunuel wrote: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price? (A) 40% (B) 35% (C) 30% (D) 26% (E) 24% 100 - 120 - 132 now 132 must decrease to 100 = 32/132 x 100 = 24% (E) imo Intern  B Joined: 18 Jul 2016 Posts: 34 Re: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 [#permalink] ### Show Tags lets say the price was 100 pre-1981 < 1981 1981 1982 100 120 132 to bring back to original <1981 price % decrease = $$\frac{{change}}{{original value}}$$ * 100 = $$\frac{32}{132}$$ * 100 => $$< \frac{1}{4}$$ *100 => < 25% IMO E Manager  B Joined: 11 Feb 2017 Posts: 183 Re: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 [#permalink] ### Show Tags pushpitkc wrote: Bunuel wrote: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price? (A) 40% (B) 35% (C) 30% (D) 26% (E) 24% Assume the price of the left-handed widget to be$100 before 1981.

In 1981 the price went up by 20% and the price went up by 20% in 1982
The cost of the left-handed widget in 1982 is 1.1*(1.2(100)) = $132 In order to restore the price to its pre-1981 price, we would need to bring down the cost of$32, which is a decrease of $$\frac{32}{132}*100 = \frac{3200}{132} = 24$$%(Option E)

Hi ,

If u have used the formula of percent decrease i.e

Change / original

then why u used 132 as original and not 100?
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rocko911 wrote:
pushpitkc wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price?

(A) 40%

(B) 35%

(C) 30%

(D) 26%

(E) 24%

Assume the price of the left-handed widget to be $100 before 1981. In 1981 the price went up by 20% and the price went up by 20% in 1982 The cost of the left-handed widget in 1982 is 1.1*(1.2(100)) =$132

In order to restore the price to its pre-1981 price, we would need to
bring down the cost of $32, which is a decrease of $$\frac{32}{132}*100 = \frac{3200}{132} = 24$$%(Option E) Hi , If u have used the formula of percent decrease i.e Change / original then why u used 132 as original and not 100? (last-previous)/previous. Here, 132 is previous Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app Manager  S Joined: 04 Jun 2015 Posts: 79 Re: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 [#permalink] ### Show Tags Bunuel wrote: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price? (A) 40% (B) 35% (C) 30% (D) 26% (E) 24% Its E. Pre-1981 = 100 1981 = 120 [20 % increase] 1982 = 132 [10 % increase] % decrease from 1982 to Pre-1981 = $$\frac{100 - 132}{132}$$ = 32/132 ~ a little < 1/4 ~ 24 % _________________ Sortem sternit fortem! Intern  B Joined: 20 Dec 2017 Posts: 35 Location: Singapore Re: The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 [#permalink] ### Show Tags I find that throwing in some smart numbers will be helpful. Pre-1981 =$100
1981 = $100 x 1.2 =$120
1982 = $120 x 1.1 =$132

In order to return to \$100,

$$\frac{132-100}{132}*100 = \frac{32}{132}*100 = approx \frac{30}{130}*100 =$$ approx 23%

Nearest is (E) 24%
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Bunuel wrote:
The price of a left-handed widget increased 20 percent in 1981 and 10 percent in 1982. By approximately what percent would the price at the end of 1982 have to be decreased to restore the price of the widget to its pre-1981 price?

(A) 40%

(B) 35%

(C) 30%

(D) 26%

(E) 24%

We can let the original price = 100.

After the two increases the new price would be 1.2 x 1.1 x 100 = 132. We can let n = the percent decrease and create the equation:

(100 - n)/100 x 132 = 100

13,200 - 132n = 10,000

3,200 = 132n

24 ≈ n

Answer: E
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