Imagine if you saw a set of generic telescope rings retailing for $200.00. They fit various scope tubes. Then, a dealer gets a pair of these rings from a maker, and the maker, who designated a generic ring for Takahashi turns around and charges the dealer $350 a pair for them. Automatically, the selling price DOUBLES yet it's the SAME RING set!! Why abuse a Tak owner just because they happen to own an expensive scope??
No one's forcing you to buy the Tak rings. I own two Taks and I pick and choose what Tak accessories to buy for my scopes. I will give you a couple of actual examples with actual product links. For my FC100DL, I chose the Tak clamshell currently priced at $214 and in stock.https://telescopes.n...l-fc-100dc.html
I enjoy the form and function of the Tak clamshell, so the $44 I saved over off brand tube rings ($170 and currently out of stock)
was well worth it to me. https://optcorp.com/...1a2d1f1b75d5e53
Now Tak makes some spendy finderscopes but they don't make a RACI, so I went with a Stellarvue 8x50 RACI in white to match my Tak, but I mounted it in a Tak bracket that I found at Woodland Hills for $88. Price has gone up probably due to COVID and it's out of stock but the same bracket is now $100. https://optcorp.com/...b2df25e96bd99b0
Stellarvue sells a finder bracket for $69.00, so I spent $19 more for a matching Tak bracket.https://www.stellarv...er-scope-rings/
I guess if you want to own a Tak you better be financially able to spend a little more on accessories or be ready to make some compromises. But that's pretty much the same for high end manufacturers of any product. Takahashi in particular is known for manufacturing high quality telescopes and accessories with exquisite quality control.
HOWEVER, what you are alleging is that Takahashi is slapping its name on generic rings and selling them at a big markup. You need proof for such a claim and several posters have asked for specific examples or links to the tube rings you are talking about, but you have provided none. Until you provide proof of your claim that Takahashi is putting it's name on rebranded generic tube rings, I'm going to assume you just made the whole thing up since you started the thread with the word "imagine." Where's the proof?
Edited by Ihtegla Sar, 26 February 2021 - 10:01 AM.