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It costs way too much money for me to have to put it together myself.
/shrug Everyone has different concepts of value. But if you really understood what's involved with this kit you wouldn't claim that it's too expensive. For people who spend 2 or 3 hundred dollars on a custom keyboard this kit is a great value, and putting it together is part of the fun.
To each his own. Keep in mind that Massdrop is the only place to get this keyboard new. You could cobble one together on your own using the open source code, drawings, and PCB files that Input Club has so graciously shared with our community. But I guarantee it would cost more in the end. That's the power of group buys.
There is always ErgoDoxEz, a croudfunded business which automated production of the kb (the ergodox infinity has some additional features though) and sells them fully assembled and thoroughly QC'ed. I'm typing on one as we speak. It doest have the fancy lcd screen, but the case is a million times better imo, and it has screws for tenting (don't have the tenting kit so don't know if its any good).
I would love to get a second ergodox with Matias quiet switches for the office, but unfortunately they are already sold out here ... if Massdrop could comment on that would be lovely.
In any case, if you don't fancy assembling the kb yourself the prebuilt option is definiatly better for you. I on the other hand see it as part of the fun, although if ergodoxEZ had matias switches I would buy there instantly...
Did you have to pay an importation fee to get it here? I asked them questions about it and they said I might have to pay 70. Just curious
Yes, it depends where you live ofcourse but all imported goods get hit with the same import fee. You can get lucky sometimes, depends a bit on the shipping company but you do have to calculate in the import fee for every purchase outside your tax zone(unless its a small amount or registered as a gift) unfortunately few big companies like massdrop or ergodoxez do this. I know some chinese sellers that do this though ...
so it took me somewhere between 2-3 hours to assemble my Ergodox. For me at my unsk wage that about
Im considering buying this without switches and you can buy the switches later.
the switches are easy to get a hold of yes, its the keycaps that are a nightmare. Even normal mx mounts can be a little pricy to get the full set of keys exactly right for an ergodox. Alps keycaps are a true horror though, so I'm really hoping they will be back in stock ...
If sent USPS to Canada you may get lucky and not have any additional fees, but if UPS or others you can count on taxes, possibly duty and definitely a Broker fee.
I think ergodox ez ships out of Taiwan. I don't know which service they would use. Once it gets in the U.S. you could might be able to choose.
I had my Massdrop ergodox infinity + full hand addon +keycaps shipped to Vancouver, had to pay $50.66CAD at the post office to pick it up.
Original invoice (not including the above) was $437.78CAD (USD cost times 1.34 - holy shit!)