Commentator: For a free market to function properly, each prospective buyer of an item must be able to contact a lar...

Halle on April 18, 2018

A not B?

Why is the answer choice A and not B? I chose B because it follows then that if they're not shopping they they're not engaging with the free market.

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Trevor on May 3, 2018

I need help on this question as well!

on May 23, 2018

Me too! I was stuck between B and C

Anita on May 24, 2018

@hallerae I have the answer as B on my side; did it come up wrong for you?

@tlrz63 @meisen B is correct because when we look at the prompt, it tells us that shoppers have to be able to compare prices to what the item is worth. But what if they have no way to know what an item is worth? That's what B points out; that this necessary part of the equation to a free market is missing when it comes to auto repairs.

Alyssa on August 26 at 01:53AM

Why is A incorrect

Victoria on August 26 at 07:19PM

Hi @alva,

The stimulus tells us that there are two conditions for a free market to function properly. "Each prospective buyer must be able to": (1) "contact a large number of independent prospective sellers" and (2) "compare the prices charged for the item to what the item is worth."

Answer choice A is incorrect because it says that prospective buyers for auto repairs usually do not shop around but rather "take their autos to their regular repair shop out of habit." This does not mean that they cannot shop around, it simply states that they generally choose not to. The first condition for the proper functioning of the free market is that buyers must be able to shop around. Answer choice A does not address whether buyers can shop around or not and is, therefore, incorrect.

Hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.