The production of leather and fur for clothing is labor intensive, which means that these materials have tended to be...

Rachel on May 8, 2018

Please explain

I was stuck between A and E. Can you please explain why A is wrong and is E is right?

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Christopher on May 12, 2018 If you narrowed it down to those two, then you were clearly on the right track.

In essence, the statement says that labor-intensive materials tend to be expensive, yet their lofty prices tend to drop as demand softens as they become less fashionable and while prices on other, easier to make materials go up as demand strengthens due to becoming more fashionable.

Both answers seem to be saying close to the same thing, but this is where the test makers get tricky. The trick is that (A) adds a value statement by saying that the price "depends more" on one factor than another, but with the given information, you can't tell if that's true. Fashion influences the price and labor intensity influences the price. There is no information here to tell you which has a higher impact.

You can, however, say that trends influence the price of materials, which is basically what (E) says.