R： Even with volume sales， our coats for the Exec-U-Ciser won't go down much.
D： Just what are you proposing?
R： We could take a cut(降低)on the price. But 25% would slash our profit margin(毛利率).We suggest a compromise――10%.
D： That's a big change from 25! 10 is beyond my negotiating limit. (pause) Any other ideas?
R： I don't think I can change it right now. Why don't we talk again tomorrow?
D： Sure. I must talk to my office anyway. I hope we can find some common ground(共同信念)on this.
D： Robert， I've been instructed to reject the numbers you proposed; but we can try to come up with some thing else.
R： I hope so， Dan. My instructions are to negotiate hard on this deal――but I'm try very hard to reach some middle ground(互相妥协).
D： I understand. We propose a structured deal(阶段式和约). For the first six months， we get a discount of 20%， and the next six months we get 15%.
R： Dan， I can't bring those numbers back to my office――they'll turn it down flat(打回票).
D： Then you'll have to think of something better， Robert.