“If any clothing manufacturers want to stay alive, the best way is struggling to reduce prices.” This very likely is the arguer’s proposal. However, only according to an unwarranted survey, the arguer draws a very hasty generalization. clothing manufacturers should consider more about their situation rationally.
First, if the survey is reliable, samples of the survey must be sufficient amount and representative of target group. We are kept from the information about how much the population of Sartoria is. If there are 20,000,000 populations in Sartoria, then 20,000 respondents is not so impressing that reflect consumers’ opinion about the current clothing prices. In addition, what about the respondents? Are they all subscribers from a popular fashion magazine which conducted the survey? If this is the case, we have every reason to doubt these respondents can not be representative of all consumers of Sartoria. Because fashion magazine have limited special consumers especially that young, advanced-guard people.
Second, even if we concede that people of Sartoria are dissatisfied with current clothing prices, this does not naturally mean that the Sartorian clothing industry is at stake. The key problem lies in what is the main market of clothing manufacturers of Sartoria, Is it domestic or overseas? It is highly possible that Sartoria clothing industry is mainly producing for overseas consumers. Domestic market only hold a small proportion. In addition, even if domestic consumers are the most important to clothing manufaturers of Sartoria, the unpopular clothing prices do not must prevent consumers buying since clothing is the basic necessity of life. Further more, if all clothing manufactures come to a common sense that no one would start a price competition. What will the consumers do with that?
Finally, even if the Satorian clothing industry indeed face a tight situation, reducing prices as the only way to stay alive is not warranted. The arguer fails to take into account the factor of quality concerning purchase. Let’s look back to the survey. Why respondents were dissatisfied with current clothing prices? It is likely because clothing prices are indeed higher than the affordability of consumers. In fact, it is more likely because consumers consider the quality of clothing is not worth that price. If it is the case, then clothing manufacturers can not only reduce prices but also improve quality of clothing in order to keep their existing customers and maintain their business.
In conlusion, clothing manufactures can not base on this unconvincing argument to take further action since there are several mentioned fallacies like above.