Argument 1 Essay

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Presented in the argument above, the author claims that a new store should be built in Plainsville. The argument seems at first glance to be a reasonable decision. After a careful inspection, however, one will find that it suffers from several critical flaws as follows, rendering it logically unconvincing as it stands. The threshold flaw with the argument is that the author unfairly assumes residents in P (Plainsville) do highly concerned with leading healthy lives, upon which he finally draws his conclusion. Although the author offers several facts, which seems to be compelling to substantiate his conclusion, these facts actually lend little credence to the author’s claim after close scrutiny. First, take the merchants report in P cited by the author for instance. The high sales of running shoes and exercise clothing do not necessarily indicate that it is the local residents who buy them for daily exercise to keep healthy rather than other purposes. Absent of adequate information to show the actual reasons for such high sales, it is entirely possible that there is going to be a significant sports meeting initiated by local government with high prize; thus, the residents rush to buy exercise equipment to prepare for the meeting, including aforementioned shoes and clothing. It is equally possible that P is famous for running shoes and exercise clothing, and therefore large number of merchants, from all over the world, import these products to sell in their markets .Second, the increase in local club members is not a telling one, either. Considering that the author does not account for the club’s lacking of business five years ago, it is very likely that most of members of the club are not residents of P; meanwhile these people has little interest in healthy food and related products, or that they buy these products in their city rather than in P. Even assuming that
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