2009年2月10日 星期二

haggling, seedling,far-out (STRANGE)

With a far-out approach to customer service, Saturn hopes to run rings around the competition. Originally conceived by General Motors engineers in 1982, Saturn began operations in 1985 with a fresh vision of a people-focused car company. Saturn aimed to simplify the car buying experience with no-hassle, no-haggle pricing while also simplifying the relationship between carmaker and autoworker. A subsidiary of General Motors, Saturn makes a range of compact and midsize cars, including the Vue and Outlook compact SUVs, Astra sedan, and Sky roadster.



July 22, 2008 -- 2:38 p.m. EDT
FCC Haggles Over XM-Sirius Deal
The FCC's review of XM-Sirius merger continues, with one FCC commissioner voting against the deal and two FCC members supporting it. Two others have yet to vote.


When I heard this story as a child, I rejoiced at the successful securing of the pillows, and remembered the lesson of the haggling procedure: if you don't offer a deal, you won't get one.







Haggling was once common before department stores began setting fixed prices in the 1850s. But the shift to bargaining in malls and on Main Street is a considerable change from even 10 years ago, Ms. Koehn said, when studies showed that consumers did not like to bargain and did not consider themselves good at it. “Call it the eBay phenomenon,” Ms. Koehn said.

“The recession is helping to push these seedlings to the surface,” she added. “It’s a real turnabout on the part of the buyer and the seller.”




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far-out (STRANGE) PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
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strange and unusual:
I've seen the video - it's pretty far-out.



haggle
verb [I or T] ━━ v. (しつこく)値切る; 押し問答をする; 切り刻む.
━━ n. 値切る事; 口論.
to attempt to decide on a price or conditions which are acceptable to the person selling the goods and the person buying them, usually by arguing:
It's traditional that you haggle over/about the price of things in the market.

turnabout, active ingredients

(180°の)転回, 転向, 寝返り.

seedling PhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhoneticPhonetic Hide phonetics
noun [C] ━━ n. 実生(みしょう)(の草木); 苗木, 若木.
a very young plant which has grown from a seed:
Raise the seedlings in the greenhouse, and transplant when the weather becomes warmer.

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