After sitting on the sidelines for a long time, I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the 65VT50. My 9 year old Sony 720p HDRPTV finally gave up the ghost earlier this year, and I've been living with a 32" LCD borrowed from family since. I kept waiting, telling myself one more week - which turned into a month, then two months, then finally six months.
I used the suggestions from this thread, and went to my local Best Buy - I thought it was worth a shot (all they can do is say no). I took printouts from several sites, including BuyTVToday (http://buytvtoday.com/Panasonic/PanasonicConsumer.aspx
), which was the cheapest at the moment. The guy in the TV section (non-Magnolia store) took a look, said he'd have to go talk to the manager, and after about 5 minutes came back and said "No problem". BB's list is $3699, and they had it on sale for $200 off ($3499); after price match my pre-tax total was $2749, and after tax was $2977 including free delivery (no BB warranty - may go third-party). So $950 off of BB's regular price and $750 off their 'sale' price. Joined Reward Zone to get the points for the purchase. Total time in store: about 25 minutes (bulk of that was waiting on manager price override). Oh, and I used my Chase Freedom card so I'll get the bonus points since this is a quarter where Best Buy is featured.
TV is scheduled for delivery on Saturday, so I should have a real TV again for the first time in months - although I plan on doing the break-in (so I'll probably still watch on the 32" for about a week). All in all, everything was smooth & trouble free. In case anyone is curious, this was at the Denton, TX Best Buy store. Thanks to all of the folks here for sharing info, as I don't think I would have finally gotten up & done it without all of the details posted here.