Hey Big G, I've been running the rips for several months now, at 2 IU/day. I've been quite pleased with the results. I don't get quite the same amount of sides at the same dose as the hygetropins, but I think they're doing the job. Since they're cheaper than the hygs, I think they're the same for the price, IMO.
The packaging was excellent, and I had serial number, batch number stuff on the boxes, vials, etc. but I never bothered to look them up. My source has a decent rep, so I didn't figure it mattered.
If you're concerned, I'd ping your source, and see what he says first.