GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 21 Jul 2018, 04:19

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# video recorders

Author Message
Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Dec 2007
Posts: 422

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 00:57
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

A. The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.

B. Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.

C. Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.

D. The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

E. In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.

--== Message from GMAT Club Team ==--

This is not a quality discussion. It has been retired.

If you would like to discuss this question please re-post it in the respective forum. Thank you!

To review the GMAT Club's Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow these links: Quantitative | Verbal Please note - we may remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines. Thank you.
Senior Manager
Joined: 16 Jul 2008
Posts: 279

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 01:18
IMO D.

The early buyers get tired of the product quickly, but we know nothing of the 'not-so-early' buyers.
_________________

http://applicant.wordpress.com/

VP
Joined: 17 Jun 2008
Posts: 1476

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 02:21
Between C and D, D is better.
VP
Joined: 05 Jul 2008
Posts: 1332

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 10:26
Am I having a weird day? I am not agreeing with the popular opinion

Conclusion once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

We need to find some thing that says saturation will not cause business failure.

Look at B, If many of the items are specifically produced video features, People have to watch them on their video recorders. They cant go any where else to watch that feature.

If you look at D. It saying that early adopters quit early. But its not saying that later adopters will have a good deal of interest in the videos/video recorders. We simply don't know.

Hence B.
Intern
Joined: 29 Jul 2008
Posts: 7

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 10:32
I choose D.

The st says that early buyers get tired quickly of the novelties they buy, thus they cannot be used to make forecasts on future sales.
VP
Joined: 05 Jul 2008
Posts: 1332

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 10:47
mgcosta wrote:
I choose D.

The st says that early buyers get tired quickly of the novelties they buy, thus they cannot be used to make forecasts on future sales.

I understand what you are saying but if you look at the conclusion,

But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.

It's about the video distributors that will have hard time. If they are distributing stuff that's only available on video chances of failure are less likely, regardless of early buyers who lose interest quickly. IMO, Its not about the forecast of future sales after all

You guys feel like I am still going off a tangent here?
Senior Manager
Joined: 02 Dec 2007
Posts: 422

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 11:06
OA is D
Manager
Joined: 28 Aug 2008
Posts: 95

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 11:46
I don't like this question.. or the OA.

I chose B as well.

My problem with D is that it talks about early adopters, who only consist of a very small portion of the marketplace, the stem talks of market saturation, which may occur, but not because of early adopters. The market will saturate with 'normal consumers' who may or may not display tendencies related to the adopters

P.S I still like B here
Manager
Joined: 15 Aug 2008
Posts: 94
Schools: NYU Stern Class of 2012
WE 1: GM, Diversified Financial Svcs.

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 12:43
Nihit wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

A. The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.

B. Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features. I see several people like this answer - but if this is true, it doesn't change the fact that early adopters lost their interest in obtaining videos. This doesn't solve the problem of businesses facing hard times when everyone loses interest

C. Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.

D. The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them. I like D - the passage clearly speaks to the "early adapters", anything that clearly states that early adapters act differently from those who adopt a technology later would weaken the argument the most

E. In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.
VP
Joined: 05 Jul 2008
Posts: 1332

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 14:08
IgnitedMind wrote:
I don't like this question.. or the OA.

I chose B as well.

My problem with D is that it talks about early adopters, who only consist of a very small portion of the marketplace, the stem talks of market saturation, which may occur, but not because of early adopters. The market will saturate with 'normal consumers' who may or may not display tendencies related to the adopters

P.S I still like B here

Still riding on B

@ NickTW

D. The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them. I like D - the passage clearly speaks to the "early adapters", anything that clearly states that early adapters act differently from those who adopt a technology later would weaken the argument the most

D says that Early adapters are the first to acquire and lose interest. IMHO, It is not equivalent to the later adapters having interest in it. Who knows? There might be products out there in the market that are turned down by both early adapters ( because its a fad for them ) and by later adapters as well (because the product is simply bad)
Senior Manager
Joined: 06 Apr 2008
Posts: 393

### Show Tags

05 Sep 2008, 22:53
Nihit wrote:
Six months or so after getting a video recorder, many early buyers apparently lost interest in obtaining videos to watch on it. The trade of businesses selling and renting videos is still buoyant, because the number of homes with video recorders is still growing. But clearly, once the market for video recorders is saturated, businesses distributing videos face hard times.
Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the conclusion above?

A. The market for video recorders would not be considered saturated until there was one in 80 percent of homes.

B. Among the items handled by video distributors are many films specifically produced as video features.

C. Few of the early buyers of video recorders raised any complaints about performance aspects of the new product.

D. The early buyers of a novel product are always people who are quick to acquire novelties, but also often as quick to tire of them.

E. In a shrinking market, competition always intensifies and marginal businesses fail.

IMO D)

--== Message from GMAT Club Team ==--

This is not a quality discussion. It has been retired.

If you would like to discuss this question please re-post it in the respective forum. Thank you!

To review the GMAT Club's Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow these links: Quantitative | Verbal Please note - we may remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines. Thank you.
Re: video recorders &nbs [#permalink] 05 Sep 2008, 22:53
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# video recorders

Moderator: chetan2u

# Events & Promotions

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.