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# Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their

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Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

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

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
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16 Jun 2015, 20:52
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Hello,

I had chosen 'E'. I was in a dilemma whether to pick B or E. Will anyone kindly explain me the logic by which 'B' wins? Thank you all in advance!

Hi aritranew,

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it
this wins over E because it tells us that even though the material is avail on line and people have access to it, travel agents will still be in demand because it is not easy for people to collate and infer from vast amount of source avail on net so people will finally revert to travel agent...

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
here it tells us that the net and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population so may be today people bank upon travel agents for info but what happens in future when these tech becomes accessible to most of the people.. we have no surety that they would still go back to travel agents.. so it does not weaken the argument , it only tells us that may be the damage is not now but possibly in near future..

hope it was clear
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Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

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

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population

This is a very beautiful GMAT question, which has a lot of traps.

Where are the traps? The GMAT likes using qualifiers to lure test takers into traps. So what are the qualifiers here? Present and future.

The conclusion states, "Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced."

We are asked to WEAKEN the question. But read the conclusion carefully. We are talking about the FUTURE. Any answer choice that DOES NOT address the FUTURE is wrong. Now look at these answer choices:

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies --- This may be true. But does it affect the conclusion that the demand for services WILL BE (FUTURE) will be drastically reduced?

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population --- This may be true. But does it affect the conclusion that the demand for services WILL BE (FUTURE) will be drastically reduced?

Do not get me wrong. During my early prep I always made this error. Seems to me this is one of GMAC's favourite traps.

What are other examples of this? I wrote them in my notebook. The pattern in questions (OG, GMAT PREP, Exam Pack, everything!) is just too obvious.

Conclusion: talks about strength of the wooden sled (this is from OG, I will not forget this question)

Conclusion: talks about future viability of growing cotton plants (this is from GMAT Prep)

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Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

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

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers. Irrelevant

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process itthis strengthens the argument since travel agents will be required if the consumers cannot thmselves process the information.

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent. Irrelevant.The question is not how they consumers travel but whther they use they use the services of the travel agents or not.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies Correct.If the people who currently use the services of the travel agents gain access to new info technologies, the utility of a travel agent is lost.It mosts seriously weakens the argument.

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
populationThis option talks about people in general who use the IT services and just about the people who use the services of a travel agent.

OA plz
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12 Jan 2010, 06:00
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I think OA is right

The argument says that demand for travel agents will be reduced.
We're looking for a statement that says the opposite; i.e demand for travel agents will increase.

B does that. B weakens the argument that demand for travel agent will reduce.
It says there is too much information available for use by consumers. Consumers will thus look to travel agents to organize it for them. And so demand for travel agents will increase.
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12 Jan 2010, 21:24
anyone can explain why D is not correct?
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12 Jan 2010, 23:57
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aniec wrote:
anyone can explain why D is not correct?

Look, the argument from the passage is:
Code:
Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

They ask you to weaken the argument, while (D) says:

Code:
The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

Doesn't it mean that current customers will switch to services provided by internet? If so, travel agents would loose current clients and demand for their services would be reduced.

(D) strengthens the argument, not weakens it
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Hello,

I had chosen 'E'. I was in a dilemma whether to pick B or E. Will anyone kindly explain me the logic by which 'B' wins? Thank you all in advance!
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05 Dec 2015, 08:30
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The first problem in this question is that it is not the full version of Gmat Exam pack 1's question. A very important in the conclusion is omitted.

"Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Therefor, as more consumers gain access to these new technologies, demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced.

And this explains why many confused in wrong choices D and E.

D says: "The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies ". This statement actually strengthens the argument because these people are going to be able to access to information in internet as well as in other technologies, thus leaving the travel agents => INCORRECT

E says: "The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population". On the one hand, this statement does not affect the conclusion, as the conclusion says "as more consumers gain access to these new technologies...", so we don't care about "currently small proportion".

On the other hand, statement E could strengthen the conclusion because if currently the proportion of people gaining access to internet is low, then the impact of a larger proportion on the travel agents will be huge. However, if this statement had been like "the proportion of people gaining access to internet currently is very large, say 99%", then the conclusion would have been weaken because there could not have "drastic reduction".

However, for the OA B, I still could not figure out how it could weaken the conclusion. It says that "the capabilities of consumers to process information is increasing lower than the amount of information is". It does not mean that consumer cannot process information. So in order to infer that consumers will have to come back to travel agents, we actually need an important assumption.
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B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

Implies that consumers will still need travel agents to "gather, organize, and dispense information" because consumers aren't capable of processing the overload of information from the internet.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

Potentially strengthens the argument that consumers will have less need for travel agents thereby leading to the argument's conclusion that "demand for travel agents" will fall significantly. Our goal is to weaken, not strengthen.
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The question is tricky if you slip up on the rules of CR.

Premise 1) Travel agent livelihood is gathering, organising, distributing (off course on demand and after getting paid) information related to tourism.
Premise 2) Such info was earlier not available to common customers.
Premise 3) Now internet will make such information available to all people.
Conclusion)Travel agents will be outdated.

Weaken the conclusion) :- Remember premise 1 :- Its the full time work of travel agent to deal with travel info , organise it and distribute it and All such info is not available to any normal person; meaning travel agents are accustomed in dealing with such kind of information (be it rare or voluminous or difficult to understand)

What if despite the availability of such information on internet normal people can't understand it , or cannot process it or cannot handle the amount of such volume which is very large. Then despite being available the information is practically useless for a common man. If they cannot process it, they cannot use it. If they cannot use it they will need help. Who will come to help. A person who is a master is dealing with such information. Who is that person- the travel agent. He is not going to become obsolete soon my friend

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

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

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
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22 Jun 2016, 09:00
choose B.

my prethinking-that if internet is available to all but what if consumers are not able to find or it is out of their capability or not in their scope.
may give them tension searching and all.some to avoid tension for couple of dollars

And when i read B i quickly marked it ,but read all other choices for 2nd opinion.

none weakened as much as B did.
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Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

Demand for the service of travel agent will not drastically reduced when these factors are in play
1> Convenience and time saving
2> Information overload leading to confusion so need help from Travel agent
3> Even information is available, consumer doesn't know that how to do booking and other stuff
4> what if corporate hires travel agent more
5> Some rural sector grow

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

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it
Correct.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies :- I feel this is strengthener.

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population
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aniec wrote:
Travel agents are market intermediaries who make their living by gathering, organizing, and dispensing information about travel-related services that is not readily available to most consumers. Through new information technologies, such as the internet much of this information can now be made directly available to consumers. Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced

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

A. Travel agents routinely use the internet and other new information technologies as sources for the information they obtain for their customers.

B. The amount of information available through the internet and other new information technologies is increasing
faster than the capabilities of most consumers to process it

C. Many people use travel-related services, such as airlines and hotels without consulting a travel agent.

D. The people who currently use the services of travel agents are also those most likely to gain access to new
information technologies

E. The internet and other new information technologies are currently used by a relatively small proportion of the
population

I seriously don't understand why is this question in DEBATABLE OA category[/color]
the question is clear cut and concise

My analysis
Conclusion :Demand for the services of travel agents will be drastically reduced
Premise is that the with the use of internet most of the information that travel agents provide can readily be obtained by themselves
Assumption
Most Customers will organize the information they readily gather from the internet
p.s. i am using MOST in my assumption because the conclusion is strong enough to use the word DRASTICALLY .

We have to weaken the conclusion
Clearly, if i go against the conclusion (( and my stated assumption)), what if customers are given so many
options at their dispense that they are confused and therefore, are not able to organize their travel plans. Too many options create perplexity

POE
a) if both agents and customers are using internet , then this doesn't affects the conclusion. Maybe, customers may find better options , maybe agents. The issue is organizing
b)this is the right choice. What if customer is bombarded with so many options that he is confused and perplexed . Therefore, after making so many or so less choices can't organize them accordingly
c) its just a fact that used to happen in the past before the advent of large scores of information on Internet, and same is the case now. These people never affected the travel agent's salary before nor will they do now
d) well again this is a gain from using travel agents services , so possibly not a weakner.
e) May be confusing to some people, but consider this .
the conclusion states that the income of travel agents will be affected drastically .So , a few can't create a drastic effect.
Also , there is no mention that these few people really employ travel agents to book their travels. No effect

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