Hey guys -
This is Matt from VA. Just wanted to clarify what I've been quoted as saying. As everyone knows, Panasonic hasn't released a single shred of information on the 7 series plasmas at this point. This includes pricing information. What I said was based on an educated guess and certainly as a salesperson, it shouldn't necessarily be taken as bible truth. (As much as my ego might want to wrestle with that fact.)
The 6 series plasmas are priced significantly low as of the moment, and common sense suggests that the 7 series will be priced higher. However, since the price and availability of plasmas is coming within the grasp of most of us commoners, the 7 series will probably roll out into the market at a lower price point than when the 6 series was released. Though it is going to be pricier than the 6 series are now. Perhaps using the word "lot" was a bit excessive, but don't expect them to be down in the levels that the 6 series are right now.
Of course, this is all conjecture. Panasonic, as with any manufacturer, has the right to place their product on the market at whatever price point that they feel best speaks to their product, its quality and competitiveness within the market.
I think that we all need to keep that in mind. Any information you get from a salesperson, unless they are a representative from Panasonic, is going to be guesses at best.