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Make or Buy decision

The following information has been collected about the costs related to the systems:
Selling price per unit $70
Production costs per unit
Direct materials $22
Direct labor 16
Variable overhead 2
Total fixed overhead $360,000
Saguaro normally produces 25,000 of these systems per year.

The managers are deciding whether to outsource production to a Mexican company that has offered to produce these systems for $48 each. The managers estimate that $260,000 of Saguaro's fixed costs could be eliminated if they accept the offer. Direct labor employees are guaranteed pay for 40 hours per week and rarely work overtime.

A. Which type of non routine operating decision is involved here? What are the managers' decision options? What quantitative information is relevant to the decision?

B. Perform a quantitative analysis for the decision, and present your results in a schedule.

C. Under the general decision rule for this type of decision, what production level is required for Saguaro's managers to be indifferent?

D. List as many business risks as you can for this decision

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A. Which type of non-routine operating decision is involved here? What are the managers' decision options? What quantitative information is relevant to the decision?
This is make or buy problem. Manager can continue to manufacture stereo systems or can outsource from Mexican company. The variable costs of making the system and any avoidable fixed costs are relevant, as is the outside purchase price.

B. Perform a ...

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The solution analyzes the given make or buy decision. The risks of the business are determined.

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