Make-or-Buy DecisionSomerset Computer Company has been purchasing carrying cases for its portable computers at a purchase price of $61 per unit. The company, which is currently operating below full capacity, charges factory overhead to production at the rate of 45% of direct labor cost. The unit costs to produce comparable carrying cases are expected to be as follows:Direct materials$25Direct labor18Factory overhead (45% of direct labor)8.1Total cost per unit$51.1If Somerset 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 12% of the direct labor costs.a.  Prepare a differential analysis dated April 30 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 "0".Differential AnalysisMake Carrying Case (Alt. 1) or Buy Carrying Case (Alt. 2)April 30 MakeCarryingCase(Alternative 1)BuyCarryingCase(Alternative 2)DifferentialEffects(Alternative 2)Unit costs:   Purchase price$$$Direct materials   Direct labor   Variable factory overhead   Fixed factory overhead   Total unit costs$$$

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Make-or-Buy Decision

Somerset Computer Company has been purchasing carrying cases for its portable computers at a purchase price of $61 per unit. The company, which is currently operating below full capacity, charges factory overhead to production at the rate of 45% of direct labor cost. The unit costs to produce comparable carrying cases are expected to be as follows:

Direct materials $25
Direct labor 18
Factory overhead (45% of direct labor) 8.1
Total cost per unit $51.1

If Somerset 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 12% of the direct labor costs.

a.  Prepare a differential analysis dated April 30 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 "0".

Differential Analysis
Make Carrying Case (Alt. 1) or Buy Carrying Case (Alt. 2)
April 30
  Make
Carrying
Case
(Alternative 1)
Buy
Carrying
Case
(Alternative 2)


Differential
Effects
(Alternative 2)
Unit costs:      
Purchase price $ $ $
Direct materials      
Direct labor      
Variable factory overhead      
Fixed factory overhead      
Total unit costs $ $ $
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In make or buy decision, we need to compare the unit cost of producing and the unit cost of buying the product and whichever cost is lower, that course is selected i.e. manufacturing or buying. While computing the manufacturing costs, fixed costs are considered sunk cost and hence not included in cost computation. Only those expenses which increase the costs of the compny if the product is manufactured are included in cost of production.

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Differential Analysis Make Carrying case (Alt 1) or Buy Carrying Case (Alt 2) 30-Apr Make Carrying Case (Alternative 1) Differential Effects Buy Carrying case (Alternative 2) (Alternative 2) Unit costs Purchase price Direct materials Direct labor Variable fctory overhead (12% of direct labor) Fixed factory overhead Total unit costs 61. 61. 25 0 -25 18 0 -18 2.16 -2.16 0 45.16 61 15.84

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