I went back and totaled my last 3 orders with the new pricing and higher shipping. All three orders were a 12% to 14% increase, which is between $14 and $20 more. Some of the individual kits (i.e. Dead Ringer) went up 20%! Some only went up by $0.75. The thing that ruffles my feathers the most is that the highest price increases are the most popular kits; Dead ringer, Innkeeper, St. Paul Porter, and Irish Red for example.
I did notice that AG kits are somewhat cheaper because they're no longer charging for crushing grains. I've not shopped any where else really. My LHBS has poor hours and isn't in a convenient location. I'm still going to shop with NB but like others, I will be shopping around a bit more.
Luckily we have the kit guarantee to offset all price increases.