I certainly did find plenty of 15-inch laptops without the numeric keypad.
I actually almost bought an Asus Zenbook. But it lacked the numeric keypad and did not have a backlit keyboard. At least, none of the models I could find had it.
Some people like the numeric keypad, some people don't. I'm primarily a desktop user, and found myself annoyed consistently whenever I was on my laptop (traveling, ususally) and the numeric keypad was not present, so I made a point to hunt down a new laptop that met all of my criteria. I finally found out and happened to catch it on sale during Black Friday, so I bought it. $899 CAD was certainly worth it to me.