Ive never had a problem from Craftbrewer either, apart from somtimes itll take a couple of days for the starter to kick off tho, but I just really couldnt get over the freshness! If you wanted you could get an activator and direct pitch without problems id say!
No dramas with CB ones but...................................
Dunedin Malt House are direct import from oregon too. They are the full size activator and are $18 each. I have already bought some, and when I received mine, they were only a month from production.
I spoke to Dennis before I bought the yeast, and he said he'd get whatever you want when he places his next order. I was more than happy with his service - he sent it very well packaged on a next day service.