QUESTION TEXT: Appliance dealer: Appliance manufacturers commonly modify existing…
QUESTION TYPE: Weaken
CONCLUSION: Consumers have little reason to object to this practice.
REASONING: Manufacturers commonly modified existing models without giving them a new model number. Therefore consumers can’t be sure that their model is the same as the neighbors. But modifications always benefit the buyer.
ANALYSIS: We need an example of a situation where a consumer would want to find out if the model they were looking at was new and improved or old and inferior.
- This doesn’t change anything. The modified appliance should still be better.
- This strengthens the argument. Consumers might be able to tell if their version had been modified.
- So? Presumably the consumers could use the model numbers to figure out which appliance did what.
- CORRECT. This would mean that you might purchase the old and inferior version while thinking you got the new and improved version that your neighbor bought. Both versions could be in the same store and they would have the same model number.
- This explains why manufacturers don’t change model numbers. It doesn’t explain why consumers should care.
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