Actually Amazon had a big late 2013 and early 2014 sale that ran for weeks (I got my 65VT60 for just under $2300 but all sizes and models were on sale). I forget how many units but they must have received almost everything left that Panasonic had. I ordered mine about mid-way through. From what other said - and what I can recall - there were around 1,000 65" VTs and they had about 500ish left when I ordered on Jan 1. Several retail chains ran incentives and price matches over the period. Can't remember who it was in Florida that was even lower for a couple days. In any event, once Amazon ran out there wasn't a whole lot of stock left so prices moved up swiftly.Unusual unless you are talking open box items. especially when you use the adjective heavily. This just did not occur. Prices were stable until the end of December (although quantities were very limited at Best Buy for example). No price reductions what so ever. Just the opposite when the calendar switched to 2014. But in fairness Samsung does not have the plasma rep of Panasonic, and many already purchased the Panasonic plasmas. So demand may be less.
Point being - there was indeed a big deep sale on remaining stock. It wasn't stupid cheap but about as good as one can expect for a high end display.