The price was far lower than anywhere else and the $2.95 shipping further lowered the overall cost. However, assembly instructions are the worst!!!! We were able to assemble it in about an hour, but I am not comfortable as there are bolts left and some predrilled holes are larger than ANY of the screws or bolts. No instruction as to which bolts or screws go where and there are several different types. Machine is however, very nice and works great. The sugar that comes with it is not very good. I suggest ordering the gold medal. Its very cheap and i did not have any waste and the taste was considerably better.