My family orders tons of stuff from Amazon so we have a prime membership. It's how I was able to get two to my house within the week ($3.99 overnight shipping). I want to try and find the distributor you used, but my wife is going to give me an ear full if I do before the money for the two I already ordered clears. (Pavilion Electronics & SMICORP are the distributors I order from by the way.)
I used to be a Prime member myself, but did not renew for the year last November. Still, I would have ordered it directly from Amazon themselves, but they do not have the Alpen in stock. I see those distributors you mentioned, but they are selling the "old" version of the E17, not the Alpen. Perhaps they do sell the Alpen as well, but the only seller listed on Amazon selling the Alpen currently is Micca.
Edited by rick88 - 2/22/13 at 6:00pm