The liability with equipment is far greater than with hops.
The difference between a couple of bucks in ingredients, over a couple of hundred (all per person) on some higher dollar stuff is to big of a risk.
We've had them go wrong in the past. Horribly wrong.
Now if you would like to contact a Vendor on site, and ask them to arrange a group buy, no issue. You have resources if anything goes wrong.
Tomas Xavier Brewman for President