Rather than suggest a kit I'm going to suggest you do some reading.
John Palmer's "How to Brew" book is excellent he also has a web site where you can read his first edition free. www.howtobrew.com
The "Joy of Brewing" is also a good book but you won't need both.
Another book I enjoyed is "Brew Ware" it tells you how to make your own or find equipment cheap or free. It also helped me make sense of the often confusing array of equipment and what it all does.
Additionally I found a 1 year subscription to Brew Your Own (BYO) magazine and some of the back issues helpful.
Last but certainly not least read this forum, search questions on equipment or post questions if you can't find what your looking for.
After you do some reading you may decide that you want to jump right in to All Grain brewing, or your budget may only allow you to start with an extract. Everything you need to do extract brewing you'll also need for all grain. So I think getting good equipment right from the start is a good idea. But plastic buckets are cheap (or free if you know where to look) and you can alway use them to store grain or for holding your sanitation solution if you upgrade to something better.
Something I did was to gather equipment that would allow me to do 10 gallon brews after I got the process down. You can always do small brews in big equipment but you can't do big brews in small equipment. And by big brews I don't just mean 10 gallons but also high alcohol brews.
And remember that opinions are like nose's most everybody has one. Whether it's formed from their own critical thinking or borrowed from someone they think is a guru. Also don't equate the number of posts from anyone with knowledge some people have a life others need to get one.
I like to support the local home brew store as well but not to the point where I feel like I'm getting Ripped Off. If the local guy is not competive it's his problem not yours.
Best wishes and welcome to the hobby.