Many of us do not build kits to save money. It's nice to pick the parts you use and build a better quality gun than the vendors are selling. We put much more time, thought, care, pride,etc into a build than say........Century, ever will. If you just want the cheapest FAL possible, I'm not sure you ever could have beat the price of a Century built rifle. The last batches of $149.00 FAL kits were in pretty crappy shape. mis-matched and beat to hell. Maybe the $250.00 kits are nicer???