So anyway i was at the Sony Store today to see if they had any sales on DSLRs.
not much price reduction on the a700 and the sales guy told me that it was being discontinued.
i didn't believe him so he showed me their order system where the status of the a700 status was "Store Transfer Only". Apparently that means that they can only get one in from other stores ans stock will not be replenished from the warehouse or Sony Canada.
The other current DSLR models showed a different stock status.

I'm not sure I'm 100% convinced but it does make sense to some extent. Can anyone in the U.S. check with their local Sony Stores to confirm?