Yesterday, I went down to Roberts Camera in Indianapolis to pick up something, and I saw on their clearance rack a huge number of Slik SBH-550 Ballheads, new in the package, for $35 each!
I bought one because I plan to do a Tripods tutorial soon, and want to show some different types of tripod heads in it. I've never owned a ballhead and was just planning to borrow one from a friend because I didn't want to spend a couple hundred bucks on something I probably will not use much. $35 was so little, I went ahead and got one.
It is a heavy, strongly built, solid head. Roberts has them on their website at the regular price of $199, but the site says they're out of stock. They actually have probably 20 more of them in the store. The salesman told me that they bought out another camera store and those were ones that came with the inventory they bought.
Here's the listing on their site:
Here's a photo of mine, mounted on my old Manfrotto legs:
If anyone is looking for a good ballhead and is short on $$$, this is a damn good price. You'll have to call them to buy one, since for some reason they're not selling them on their website.