I've found the best thing to do recently is buy older NIB Stern titles if you want or need that fresh pin fix! You know exactly what your getting in regards to code, build quality, fixes and their cheaper than current NIBs pins from Stern.
I am a Stern fan and have been a big supporter of theirs over the years and through the lean times, like a lot of us here! And I am in on a BM66 but if certain small issues and attention to detail are ignored by Stern I will reluctantly pull out, for 10k I except a certain level of quality in the finish and attention to detail that they have been lacking on their standard releases recently.
At the end of the day I think we all just want Stern to up there game so we can all feel more comfortable with any minor price increases, there is no one here that doesn't want Stern to continue thriving but at the same time as customers we need a certain level of that respect and desire to be mutual and for us to be given quality products that feel as though we are getting value and are valued customers at current price points.