GRE Essay Topic 928 - The following appeared in a memo from the owner of Green Thumb Gardening Center, a small business serving a suburban town. "There is evidence that consumers are becoming more and more interested in growing their own vegetables. A national survey conducted last month indicated that many consumers were dissatisfied with the quality of fresh vegetables available in supermarkets. And locally, the gardening magazine GreatGardens has sold out at the Village News stand three months in a row. Thus, we at Green Thumb Gardening Center can increase our profits by greatly expanding the variety of vegetable seeds we stock for gardeners this coming spring. " Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.
The argument that Green Thumb Gardening Center can increase profits by greatly expanding the variety of vegetable seeds is not
The argument that Green Thumb Gardening Center can increase profits by greatly expanding the variety of vegetable seeds is not logically convincing. The argument ignores certain assumption or important information.
First of all the argument states that the national survey conducted last month indicated that many customers were dissatisfied with the quality of fresh vegetable in the supermarkets. But no details of the survey are given such as what were the total number of respondants, how the survey was conducted, who conducted the survey, what was the size of the survey.
Second the argument assumes that more and more consumers are intrested in growing their own vegetable which may not be the direct evident of the survey. This may be the case that people have reduced the consumption of vegetable and may have shifted their meals to some other type of food such as cereals etc.
Third the argument assumes that profit can be increased by increasing the variety of vegetable seeds. But this may not be true because even if the consumers are dissatisfied from the vegetables in the supermarket and started growing their own vegetables, this does not mean that they will grow a large variety of vegetable. May be the case that they will stick to one or two vegetable they like most.
Thus the argument is not logically convincing. The evindence in support of the conclusion has failed to provide information on the above mentioned argument.