Well I just popped for the 55" at Paul's TV all in for $1199. The coupon expires tonight and while they may have another offer I was told they are low on the 55" and out of the 50 & 60" models. If nothing else they have the 30 day price guarantee.
It appears that other retailers are running out of some sizes and can't reorder because Panasonic already may have or is about to cease production. No inside knowledge here, just the experience of monitoring price and availability for the past month or so. The $997 deal at Fry's seems the outlier.
I think that's the one I'm going for except I may ask Amazon to price match it. I don't have any experience dealing with Paul's. I'm over my bitterness at not getting the Fry's deal through Amazon so it sounds like it's time to jump before the retailers with stock sell out at discount prices and Amazon is left as the only option at a premium.