Agree with phinn. Besides, Intel has had real manufacturing issues since about 2016 now so any lack of innovation at least in the last half of a decade is involuntary.
The claim about high prices is silly. The 2500K was a legendary price/performance monster and the i7 (like from the 3770K all the way to 6700K/7700K etc.) part of every generation was always priced very reasonably.
The i9-9900K was expensive at launch due to shitty availability but we've seen the exact same with AMD's 3900X and 3950X recently. Low supply, high prices. Business as usual and mostly to blame on greedy distribution/dealers.
Lamenting the lack of soldering is justified from a consumer's perspective. On the other hand, it was not needed to operate any CPU within its specs and as an OCer you could easily DIY fix it (I delidded and applied liquid metal to my 8700K, too).
It was understandable from a business perspective. No competition and given Intel's sheer volume in terms of manufacturing and shipments, it probably made sense to omit the soldering step from an economic point of view.
"Underhanded tactics" with regard to AMD and OEMs was a justified bone of contention last decade in the early 2000s but it may be time to get over this eventually... though OK, I haven't gotten over Microsoft's PC backstabbing with the Xbox either so...
Anyway, if we had a TRUE free market economy then nothing that Intel did would be considered "underhanded". Why would you not be allowed to give OEM customers incentives to ignore the competition in a truly FREE market?
All in all there are much shittier companies (like Microsoft). I'm a happy camper with my 9900K and probably won't upgrade until Intel is back in the game. Contrary to phinn I'd expect this to be the case with 7nm in 2022-ish. I don't think that Intel will be able to ship truly competitive desktop parts on 10nm from all accounts.
It seems to me that Intel's current strategy is to suck it up for the next couple of years and to return with a bang. Jim Keller & co. must be making good progress on the post-Core architecture and with regard to manufacturing they are about to make the jump to EUV.
I believe that Intel does not want to invest any serious billions in their fabs until they are ready to ship their next gen architecture on a 7nm EUV process.
Not having the top of the line products for a couple of years is not going to hurt them much. Their corporate customers think in long terms, they have contracts in place, yada, yada... AMD has 7% market share in servers currently. They've had 26% in the past (Opteron days). It remains to be seen if AMD can set a new all-time high before the Empire strikes back.
In the DIY desktop market, AMD will most likely assume leadership for the next two years but that is a market niche that won't make Intel lose any sleep at night.
Personally, I'll hang on to my 9900K until Intel is back in the game and until AMD introduce their AM4 socket successor. Intel is also yet to adopt PCIe 4.0 and DDR5 should enter the stage in 2021. It will be interesting to see where both will be at in 2022, then make a decision for either camp. I really hope it will be a tough decision.