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Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

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Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

 taking in to account our money grabbing government who add 20% VAT to our purchases, 

Why are PST and other solar scopes still so expensive.

Surely the parts that make up a PST can not justify £900 ( $1272.84 )

I appreciate the more that sell the less they cost but PST's and others have been around for YEARS now, the tubes are cheap alloy and the case standard steel or alloy

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cost of solar scopes

Most of the component cost will be in the etalon but of course the cost of components is only a small part of the cost of running a sustainable business.  The PST does seem to have gone up disproportionately though (I think they used to be around half that price new when I bought one second hand for £250 a good few years ago. The pound was much stronger against the dollar back then mind you)  Imagine how much the warranty claims to fix all those PST with deteriorating coatings must have cost them though!

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I think £900 all but a few

I think £900 all but a few pounds is ridiculous, 

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What also annoys me is that

What also annoys me is that 20% VAT, I can import one from the US INCLUDING import duty, VAT and postage for £200 less than I can buy one in the UK

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Importing yourself

Indeed, but if importing yourself you'll have more difficulty and expense if something is wrong with the product or it goes wrong later (which is common with solar scopes as they are delicate and precise things). This after-service is what you pay for by buying from a local dealer. As the US is a much bigger market, and most of these products are actually shipped from there, it is inevitable they will be more expensive here.

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After sales service

David Arditti is quite right about after sales service. I know of one imported Hydrogen alpha scope which had the unusual problem where the image in that waveband became opaque after several years of use. The diagonal part containing the faulty component was returned via the UK supplier to the USA, and a new part obtained gratis. Had this been purchased by the individual I imagine the process may have been considerably more difficult.