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To keep depleted batteries from polluting the environment,

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To keep depleted batteries from polluting the environment, the government of Ulm is discussing a mandate that would require residents to dispose of them through a special pickup service. To offset the costs of maintaining such a service, Ulm expects to charge a fee, which would be collected when batteries are discarded. Collecting the fee at the time of sale would be more effective, however, because residents are more likely to make use of a service if they see themselves as already having paid for it.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?
A. If they were not anticipating the disposal cost after purchasing the batteries, residents would use more batteries, increasing the total amount of pollution.
B. The service leaves battery makers with no incentive to develop long-lasting products.
C. Residents who purchased batteries before the measure went into effect will not have had to pay the fee.
D. Residents who recharge their own batteries will not have to use the service.
E. Many depleted batteries could be recharged at substantially reduced cost.

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New post 22 Mar 2018, 00:18
I am not sure....but I don't find a better answer than option A.

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IMO A.

The idea behind the proposal was to decrease the pollution due to depleted batteries. But if the residents do not anticipate the costs of disposal, they may be less inclined to limit their use of batteries thereby increasing the pollution as a result. Hence, this may hurt the proposal instead.
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Conclusion: collecting the fee at the time of sale would be more effective, however, because residents are more likely to make use of a service if they see themselves as already having paid for it.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. If they were not anticipating the disposal cost after purchasing the batteries, residents would use more batteries, increasing the total amount of pollution - If they use more batteries, does it mean that they're not going to use the pickup service? They could use more batteries and still use the pickup service.
B. The service leaves battery makers with no incentive to develop long-lasting products - out of scope
C. Residents who purchased batteries before the measure went into effect will not have had to pay the fee - This one seems correct to me. As they already have the batteries AND will not have to pay the fee, it weakens the conclusion that collecting the fee at the time of sale would be more effective
D. Residents who recharge their own batteries will not have to use the service - no need to dispose batteries, no need to pay for the fee...
E. Many depleted batteries could be recharged at substantially reduced cost - same.. doesn't matter

Can someone correct me if I am wrong?

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The options are not very clear due to complex question stem.. I think GMAT questions have very clear answers.. Probably this is not a GMAT level question...
How's A correct.. If the disposal cost is added during the purchase , the overall cost of the battery will increase and hence people will purchase less and not more .. So, it doesn't weaken the argument.
Even B option seems correct.. In fact due to increased cost, people will start purchasing less batteries so sellers will have less incentive to produce long lasting batteries and they will start producing short lasting batteries which will lead to frequent purchase and hence more pollution.
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