Dan Smith是一位美国的健身用品经销商，此次是Robert Liu第一回与他交手。就在短短几分钟的交谈中，Robert Liu既感到这位大汉粗犷的外表，藏有狡兔的心思——他肯定是沙场老将，自己绝不可掉以轻心。
D: I'd like to get the ball rolling（开始）by talking about prices.
R: Shoot.（洗耳恭听）I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.
D: Your products are very good. But I'm a little worried about the prices you're asking
R: You think we about be asking for more?(laughs)
D: (chuckles莞尔) That's not exactly what I had in mind. I know your research costs are high, but what I'd like is a 25% discount.
R: That seems to be a little high, Mr. Smith. I don't know how we can make a profit with those numbers.
D: Please, Robert, call me Dan. (pause) Well, if we promise future business―volume sales（大笔交易）―that will slash your costs（大量减低成本）for making the Exec-U-ciser, right?
R: Yes, but it's hard to see how you can place such large orders. How could you turn over（销磬）so many? (pause) We'd need a guarantee of future business, not just a promise.
D: We said we wanted 1000 pieces over a six-month period. What if we place orders for twelve months, with a guarantee?
R: If you can guarantee that on paper, I think we can discuss this further.
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.