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XYZ is a toy manufacturer. It manufactures both toy components and finished
toys. For a specific type of toys, the manufacturer can sell the components to an assembly
company for $10 per set, or assemble the toys itself. The finished toys can be sold for $16
each. XYZ has a total capacity of 500,000 hours, which could be used for both producing toy
components and assembling. One capacity hour can be used to produce 30 sets of toy
components or to assemble 15 units of toys. All the related costs for the manufacturing and
assembling are listed below. No other costs and tax are considered. The manufacturing
overhead cost is fixed and allocated to the units produced based on their production time. We
assume that the demand is high enough so that the manufacturing capacity is always utilized
The direct materials, direct labor and manufacturing overhead for each set of toy components
are $4.40, $2.80 and $0.80, respectively.
The additional direct materials, direct labor and manufacturing overhead for each unit of
assembly are $2.00, $1.00 and $1.60, respectively.

(1) The XYZ executives decide to assemble the toys themselves instead of selling the
components. With the expected sale price of $16 per unit, is this a good decision?
(2) What is the lowest price for the completely assembled (finished) toys that will be
acceptable for the executives' decision?
(3) The manufacturing overhead cost in (1) and (2) is a fixed cost allocated to each unit.
Suppose that 50% of that fixed overhead cost is variable. Please reevaluate your answers
in (1) and (2)

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Solution Summary

This report provides a guide in evaluating alternative options in making a decision. Among the factors that would be considered are relevant costs, selling price, revenue, profits and returns that may be expressed in the form of net profit margin. Production capacity must also be taken into account.