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Jermaine on May 17, 2020

E to D

Hello, would you be able to explain why answer choice E is incorrect? I went on the assumption that buying something to save money can end up costing money which would be the electric piano being cheaper to buy but costing more in repairs.

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Shunhe on May 18 at 03:07AM

Hi @Jermaine1,

Thanks for the question! So let’s take a look at the stimulus. Basically screensavers can save a company costs in electricity and monitor protection, but can cost a company even more in wasted employee time. There seems to be a principle here that has to do with sometimes, you might do an action A to benefits B, but the costs C will outweigh that benefit.

Now the question asks us for an analogous situation, so we can move to the answers. Let me first explain why (D) is correct: here, we have a hotel security system that costs more in customer goodwill than it saves in theft losses. In other words, it’s the same scenario: you originally do something to save money, but it ends up costing you more than you would’ve saved because of other side effects. This is exactly the same principle as in the stimulus.

Now let’s take a look at (E). Here, we’re told that an electronic keyboard might be cheaper to buy than a piano but more expensive to repair. This is a decision between two different products that have different pros and cons, not undertaking one action that ends up having more negatives than positives. And so (E) is wrong, especially when compared with (D).

Hope this helps! Feel free to ask any other questions that you might have.