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Two-stage cost allocation system is an internet company that sells books on the World Wide Web. The president of the company authorized an activity-based costing study to understand the cost of various activities that are driving overhead at Selected activites include:

- website maintenance - costs do not vary as a function of sales volume
- retrieving the order from the web site and locating the product costs vary as a function of order size (the number of books per order) because more time is required to fill larger orders.
- Specialty handling - unique packaging is required for oversized (large) products.
- Standard packaging - costs do not appear to vary by the number of books in the order, but are constant across all orders.

Construct a diagram of a two-stage cost allocation system for Identify each activity pool in your model as unit-level, batch-level, product-level or facility-level.

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The solution explains how to prepare a diagram of a two-stage cost allocation system