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EXERCISE 12–17 Identification of Relevant Costs [LO1]
Steve has just returned from salmon fishing. He was lucky on this trip and brought home two salmon. Steve’s wife, Wendy, disapproves of fishing, and to discourage Steve from further fishing
trips, she has presented him with the following cost data. The cost per fishing trip is based on an average of 10 fishing trips per year.
Cost per fishing trip: Depreciation on fishing boat* (annual depreciation of $1,500 ÷ 10 trips) . . . . . . . . . . . |
$150 |
Boat storage fees (annual rental of $1,200 ÷ 10 trips) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expenditures on fishing gear, except for snagged lures |
120 |
(annual expenditures of $200 ÷ 10 trips) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
20 |
Snagged fishing lures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
7 |
Fishing license (yearly license of $40 ÷ 10 trips) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
4 |
Fuel and upkeep on boat per trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
25 |
Junk food consumed during trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
8 |
Total cost per fishing trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
$334 |
Cost per salmon ($334 ÷ 2 salmon) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . |
$167 |
Required:
1. Assuming that the salmon fishing trip Steve has just completed is typical, what costs are rel- evant to a decision as to whether he should go on another trip this year?
2. Suppose that on Steve’s next fishing trip he gets lucky and catches three salmon in the amount of time it took him to catch two salmon on his last trip. How much would the third salmon have cost him to catch? Explain.
3. Discuss the costs that are relevant in a decision of whether Steve should give up fishing.
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