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It is only $30 cheaper than a retail pre-assembled ergodox, for the cheapest config for both. Its kinda nice that you get guaranteed compatibility between the parts, but you can still probably get the same configuration for cheaper by sourcing the parts manually, and avoid the hell that is group-buy shipping.
A retail ergodox is a different version. Different aesthetic, switches, features, etc.
I had an ergodox from falbatech and I enjoyed my infinity ergodox much better. The firmware was easier to work with, parts fit tighter, and the screens are a nice addition. Also the real hell is ordering parts rather then a professional feeling full kit.
I really doubt that you would be able to source all the parts cheaper individually. You could lower your cost by omitting the LCD and somehow making your own case, but it won't be the same as this kit. It's definitely an option, though, and you would have the satisfaction of knowing that you selected everything yourself.
Regarding this kit, I was in the previous group buy, and I am quite pleased with it. No parts were missing, and the finished keyboard is nice and solid. The response time is quick. The I:C Configurator works well. I also have downloaded the source code for the firmware, and have learned the syntax of the native configuration script. In all, I feel like I got a good value for my money.