For those interested in getting a HI 2050, I went with aliexpress and the company Peaceful Taste E-commerce Co., Ltd. If you are a new member to aliexpress, you can get a $5 off coupon if you use mastercard (make sure not to sign up before this offer which you can find on the main page). Peaceful Taste has a $2 off coupon, so those two together brought the final total to about $45. Not a huge price difference to the HPT 990 on gearclubdirect, but I am patient (and cheap).
Cheap is good..