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Mod Wheel, Inc., has two divisions, A and B, that manufacture expensive bicycles. Division A produces the bicycle frame and division B assembles the rest of the bicycle onto the frame. There is a market for both the subassembly and the final product. Each division has been designated as a profit center. The transfer price for the subassembly has been set at the long- run average market price. The following data are available for each division:
Selling price for final product $ 340 Long- run average selling price for intermediate product 250 Incremental cost per unit for completion in division B 130 Incremental cost per unit in division A 140
Selling price for final product .............. $ 340
Long- run average selling price for intermediate product..... 250
Incremental cost per unit for completion in division B ...... 130
Incremental cost per unit in division A........... 140
The manager of division B has made the following calculation:


Required
1. Should transfers be made to division B if there is no unused capacity in division A? Is the market price the correct transfer price? Show your computations.
2. Assume that division A’s maximum capacity for this product is 2,000 units per month and sales to the intermediate market are now 1,200 units. Should 800 units be transferred to division B? At what transfer price? Assume that for a variety of reasons, division A will maintain the $ 250 selling price indefinitely. That is, division A is not considering lowering the price to outsider buyers even if idle capacity exists.
3. Suppose division A quoted a transfer price of $ 210 for up to 800 units. What would be the contribution to the company as a whole if a transfer were made? As manager of division B, would you be inclined to buy at $ 210?Explain.


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