Quote: I don't get the lower prices argument...they sell their versions of the C8, C9.25, and C11 at higher prices than we can get from many other places who sell the Celestron brand. They sell that EON 120 for $500 more than the Skywatcher. Plus their expensive shipping prices.
Quote:It's the difference between buying from an importer/reseller and buying from a manufacturer. The OEM isn't in the business of supplying components, and the reseller isn't in the business of selling parts. While this can create an unfortunate situation for an end user, it's just the way things are in the private label world. On the other hand, the economy of scale inherent in these arrangements is part of the reason the imported manufactured items are so reasonably priced, so there is an upside to it.