Here is an example of a set of Parallax rings that are designated for a 150 TOA.
Designated means nothing more than saying they will fit a Takahashi refractor, it does not require any authorization or approval by Takahashi. These are "generic rings" and therefore by definition are not approved by Takahashi.
Again, the orignal post:
"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??"
The dealer gets a pair of these rings from a maker and the maker, "who designated a generic ring for Takahashi"...
It is the maker who designated the ring for a Takahashi, not Takahashi.
You go to an auto parts to buy a new brake pad for your Honda. That does not necessarily mean it was made by Honda or certified by Honda, it means the manufacturer and end seller said it would fit your Honda.
I can understand how you are interpreting, but it seems at best ambiguous since "designated" could mean "fits a Tak OTA" or it could mean "labeled as a Tak accessory," which is how I read it. And apparently many others read it the same as I did based on a number of posts on the first page.
Assuming your interpretation is correct, I don't see anyone in this thread posting on topic. Pretty much every post is discussing things like the expense of officially licenced Takahashi accessories, whether the quality of officially licensed Takahashi accessories (both in terms of function and aesthetics) is worth the expense and whether off brand accessories provide the same function as officially licensed Takahashi accessories at a lower price. If this thread is supposed to be about whether suppliers of off brand accessories mark them up unreasonably ("double") for the same item just because they happen to fit a Tak, than just about every post in this thread seems off topic since no one is discussing that issue.
But, if that's supposed to be the topic, here is my response to that topic:
I've bought a fair amount of Tak gear, both officially licensed Takahashi accessories and off brand accessories that fit a Tak OTA, and I have never seen an off brand accessories marked up by an unreasonable amount just because they happened to fit a Tak.
I can give a couple examples.
Example 1: I bought a quick release finder bracket from ATM that was designed to fit the holes in a Tak focuser. Total cost was $50 bucks and considering the quality and machining that went into the part, that seemed reasonable to me. https://www.highpoin...akahashi-tak-fb
Example 2: I didn't buy a Stellarvue finder holder to attach my Stellarvue RACI to my Tak, since I opted for an official Tak holder that cost more but matches the scope and my Tak clamshell. But Stellarvue makes a holder that will fit a Tak. Here is a link. https://www.stellarv...er-scope-rings/
The one that fits a Tak costs $69, twenty bucks more than the standard holder Stellarvue sells but it includes an additional machined part. So that doesn't seem unreasonable to me, and it's certainly not "double" for the "same" part.
Personally I have never seen anyone marking something up just because it happens to fit a Tak, and I don't believe anyone is doing that.
Edited by Ihtegla Sar, 27 February 2021 - 09:43 PM.