I bought a chinese kit about 5 years ago..... paid 250. Learned tons. Reliability/quality ultimately drove me to buy a Creality Ender Pro 3 back in June (~320). Assembled in about 20 minutes, printed out of the box with better quality than the kit. @Janger
has a brand name Prusa which also just works..... there is something to be said for that.
I don't regret the time I put into the kit printer -- I learned a lot about firmware, g-code, tuning, temperature, movement etc. Good primer for my project CNC work. But now when I want a 34 tooth HTD pulley to drive my mill, I just bloody want it to print. Same for making mold-blanks for sand casting......
I bought mine from spool3d in Calgary. Really quick shipping and delivery via Canada Post.