I still don't know why they got rid of them but I did stumble upon a really great alternative. Bemz.com has custom IKEA slipcovers that you can buy and they are really great!!
Example - This Karlstad chair has nice lines but ugly legs.
But add a white linen blend skirted slipcover and it is much prettier!
(sorry I couldn't get a picture without the text on it)
The chair from IKEA is $249 and the linen blend slipcover is $189. Less than $450 for an armchair - a deal!
Before - a boring IKEA sofa:
After - A rich, Belgian Linen sofa:
Sofa is $399 and linen slipcover is $379 equaling around $780 or a sofa. Wow.
I am filing this baby away for future reference.