My SA told me that the removal of them from the site was to combat the mass response of the $99 sale. Many of the highly requested models were sold out right away that day and the website only updates once a day. So to try and slow down the calls/emails for items no longer available they took them down. No lot sale existed.
Just what he told me, no clue why it took so long for them to come back though.
Well, dang, I should have still tried to call when they were $99 then! Goes to show you can't believe everything you read on the Internet.