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Cain Components manufactures and distributes various plumbing products used in homes and other buildings. Over time, the production staff has noticed that products they considered easy to make were difficult to sell at margins considered reasonable while products that seemed to take a lot of staff time were selling well despite recent price increases. A summer intern has suggested that the cost system might be providing misleading information.


In this particular area, Cain produces two of its many products: Standard and Deluxe. The following are data for production for the latest full year of operations:


Required
a. The current cost accounting system charges overhead to products based on machine- hours. What unit product costs will be reported for the two products if the current cost system continues to be used?
b. The intern suggests an ABC system using the cost drivers identified above. What unit product costs will be reported for the two products if the ABC system is used?
c. Would you recommend that Cain Components adopt the intern's ABC system?Explain.


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