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December 3, 2022 at 9:15 pm
on 14th we sold 500 and on 21st we sold 400
does this mean that cost of these items sold on 14th was 500 * 12.29$ 21st was 400 * 13.43$
Is that correct?
December 3, 2022 at 8:45 pm
Unit costs are common if you sell high value items, like “aston martin” cars, for example. Then dealer knows for sure how much he/she had paid car manufacturer for each and every unit in stock. For low value items, like pencils, no point to keep such records.
January 19, 2022 at 7:41 pm
While I was solving inventory questions from Kaplan exam kit, I found out slightly different Average cost method over there. Question was to compare inventory value using “FIFO” with “periodic weighted average” method. If I use their Average cost method for Example 5 then it will be like
=>300+400+400+400 = 1500 units =>(300×12)+(400×12.50)+(400×14)+(400×15) = 20200 =>20200/1500 = $13.46 =>So value of the closing inventory = 500 x 13.46 = 6733.33
Please could you explain which method should be used in exams ?
John Moffat says
January 20, 2022 at 7:51 am
The periodic weighted average is the average cost of all purchases bought during the period. It is not the method to use in the exam unless specifically asked for, which is not likely.
January 20, 2022 at 11:48 am
November 7, 2021 at 4:45 am
Hello Sir, shouldn’t we use the criteria of 10 Nov. and 20 Nov. to use the FIFO method? This is because they were stocked first. The 25th and 20th standards are rather LIFO-like.
November 7, 2021 at 8:18 am
By all means do that if you want and you will end up with the same answer. If it is FIFO then we are always selling the oldest first, and therefore the inventory remaining must always be the most recent purchases. It is nothing like LIFO (which is not allowed in financial accounting anyway).
November 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm
I need to ask that suppose if we have 500 closing inventory in which 300 bought at 28th Oct $15 each and 200 bought at 30th Oct $14 each. When we get the most recent inventory cost, don’t you think that due to valuing inventory at low cost the balance sheet will be gone understated and the due to not take actual prices may be SPL makes low profit?
September 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm
Cleared , Thanks Sir .
February 1, 2020 at 10:48 am
Hello sir Is it possible using the same method in solving FIFO and AVCO question that we have learnt in MA in solving FA, FIFO and AVCO question and being correct?
February 11, 2020 at 9:52 am
Hi Hilamu, The FIFO & AVCO methods are the same whether in FA or MA. I’m not sure there is any difference as long as you get the answer right.
October 30, 2019 at 6:56 pm
Just a quick question regarding FIFO as I do not undarstand why units bought on the 25th & 20th November have been used rather than the ones bought first i.e on the 10th & 20th of November.
Can you please advise?
November 3, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Since the assumption is that those purchased first are also sold first, the remaining units in inventory will always be the most recently purchased, i.e. units will be valued at the cost of the latest purchase/s since these will be the unsold units.
November 16, 2019 at 1:05 pm
I thought that FIFO means first in first out and units purchased first i.e on the 10th November will be sold first but it seems that in the above exapmle units last bought i.e 25th November were sold first but this method is called LIFO as far as I remember.
November 16, 2019 at 7:49 pm
FIFO does mean first in, first out. So when an order is received and units are sold, the ‘first in’ are sold, leaving the ‘last in’ in inventory. Remember the purpose of the exercise is to value inventory remaining, not the units sold.
Since the ‘last in’ are not being sold, they are valued as the remaining inventory.
January 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm
There is an error at the end of the calculation. 600 – 100 is 500 and the $8,686 is divided by the 500.
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