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# Make-or-Buy Decision Matchless Computer Company has been purchasing carrying cases for its portable computers at a...

Matchless Computer Company has been purchasing carrying cases for its portable computers at a purchase price of \$55 per unit. The company, which is currently operating below full capacity, charges factory overhead to production at the rate of 36% of direct labor cost. The fully absorbed unit costs to produce comparable carrying cases are expected to be as follows:

 Direct materials \$26 Direct labor 21 Factory overhead (36% of direct labor) 7.56 Total cost per unit \$54.56

If Matchless Computer Company manufactures the carrying cases, fixed factory overhead costs will not increase and variable factory overhead costs associated with the cases are expected to be 15% of the direct labor costs.

a. Prepare a differential analysis dated February 24 to determine whether the company should make (Alternative 1) or buy (Alternative 2) the carrying case. If required, round your answers to two decimal places. If an amount is zero, enter zero "0". For those boxes in which you must enter subtracted or negative numbers use a minus sign.

 Differential Analysis Make Carrying Case (Alt. 1) or Buy Carrying Case (Alt. 2) February 24 Make Carrying Case (Alternative 1) Buy Carrying Case (Alternative 2) Differential Effect on Income (Alternative 2) Sales Price \$ \$ \$ Costs: Purchase price \$ \$ \$ Direct materials per unit Direct labor per unit Variable factory overhead per unit Fixed factory overhead per unit Income (Loss) \$ \$ \$

b. Assuming there were no better alternative uses for the spare capacity, it would to manufacture the carrying cases. Fixed factory overhead is to this decision.

Here by opting purchase decision , there is outflow of 4.85 higher than the make decision, hence make decision is better.

2).Assuming there were no better alternative uses for the spare capacity, it would have to manufacture the carrying cases. Fixed factory overhead is not relevant to this decision because it will incur whether or not this decision is taken hence sunk.

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