There is a reason not mentioned here and that is Meade primarily sells SCTs either as polar fork or optical tube, and my guess is that most of the SCTs they sell are polar fork, and that means when you sell it, you have to sell the whole thing.
Celstron has for decades offered bare OTAs, GEM mounted OTAs, and fork mounted OTAs.
This means that if you probably have a lot of Celestron SCT OTAs on the market than Meade OTAs.
If you went back and tallied the number of fork mounted Celestron vs fork mounted Meade, my guess is that the numbers will not be as different as if you compared the total number of Celestrons vs the total number of Meades because in time a lot of the Celstron SCTs that were bought with mounts get separated from their mounts (or fork mounted Celstron scopes get de-forked).
I think Celestron also outsells Meade because Meade scopes tend to weigh a lot more than the Celestrons (or they have in the past) and again, Celstron has had configuration options.
Anyway, I am guessing that this is part of the reason why you see what you do, but compare forked to forked and I bet the gap is smaller.
(Ask yourself how many pictures of Meade blue OTAs you have seen mounted on a GEM...)
Edited by Eddgie, 12 November 2019 - 02:04 PM.