Might have been the case, but I think there may be two factors at play in my area. One there is no competition for these models in my area, and I live in a city of about a million people, so unless I want to risk transporting it myself or paying a huge delivery fee for being out of the delivery area of another retailer, this was my only choice. Second, in my area, the experience from the Kuro being discontinued was a learning experience. When the supply dried up I seen those going for a good chunk above the MSRP. Talking to a few salesguys at various places they all said that the people who bought the last ones were willing to pay whatever they were asking to get one and they wished they had charged more for them.
I know there is a lot of excitement about OLED and 4K, but in my opinion we are at least a few years out from them being affordable and accessible. I returned a Sharp 80" (the Quattron 3D model, not the lower model) to get the Elite, and after looking for literally hours and hours at different sets, and watching/reading up on the latest CES offerings it really is in a unique niche. Without ruffling any feathers, I will say that I thought the VT50 series plasma's had a more "natural" looking picture (full disclosure, I am upgrading from a GT30 and do have a plasma preference) but the biggest size is 65". I looked at the 75" 9000 series Samsung, but that was $10 k for 75" (out the door) and honestly I didn't find the picture as good as the Elite. I did buy the Sharp 80" and even paid to have it calibrated before ultimately returning it, so pretty much went through all the options regarding size/PQ/price . Looking at the next year there was no real change in that equation shown at CES. There are sets with better PQ (thinking the new ZT series from Panasonic) but again maxed out at 65". Bigger screens with 4k but at $20 K to start.
So I think retailers are very aware of the way things went with the Kuro's and looking ahead there isn't really a direct alternative (regarding the size/PQ/price ratio) to the Elite for at least a year, so I think they will try to maximize their profits on the Elites.