Just got on BranfordBike.com to order some parts to build up a new ('89 Trek lugged steel frameset) flat-land bike and needed a headset. Was going to order a Chris King as I believe they are the best. But BB states that he will only be selling his current stock as CK has informed him that he must sell for their listed price. As BB doesn't agree with this (and neither do I) he is dropping CK. Oh, well. Guess Campy will have to do.
I personally think CK is nuts trying to force their end pricing on us. They want people to pay considerably more at retail than the current standard of $100. Too bad for them. I like to buy American where I can get quality for good value, but not where I have to pay a ridiculous price that doesn't even get back to the manufacturer.
My guess this is the same thing as the fact that one can no longer purchase groups from retailers as Shimano and Campy will no longer (as of 2003) give group pricing to retailers. Any group you see is made up by the retailer at their own risk, is my understanding. Too many complaints from the big bicycle builders is what I read somewhere. They felt that they were getting too much competition from those of us who like to buy and build our own. They don't want the competition. Pretty unAmerican, IMHO.