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Horngren'S Financial And Managerial Accounting
Found in: Page 1414

Short Answer

Cool Systems manufactures an optical switch that it uses in its final product. The switch has the following manufacturing costs per unit:

Direct materials $5.00

Direct labor 3.00

Variable overhead 6.00

Fixed overhead 7.00

Manufacturing product cost $21.00

Another company has offered to sell Cool Systems the switch for $15.00 per unit. If Cool Systems buys the switch from the outside supplier, the idle manufacturing facilities cannot be used for any other purpose, yet none of the fixed costs are avoidable.

Prepare an outsourcing analysis to determine whether Cool Systems should make or buy the switch.

The company should make the product in-house.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Meaning of Avoidable Fixed Cost

Avoidable fixed cost refers to the expenses that are not required to be incurred by acompany if the production does not occur. In addition, avoidable fixed costs are relevant for making decisions such as outsourcing and dropping a product or service.

Step 2: Preparation of outsourcing analysis

Outsourcing Analysis
Outsourcing Analysis


Make ($)

Buy ($)

Variable cost per unit:

Direct material


Direct labor


Variable overhead


Purchase price offered by outside supplier






The making cost of the product is less than the outsourcing price. The company, therefore, should continue making the product instead of outsourcing it.

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