First to Mufftrix comment. Stef would be more plugged in to the inner workings of Sony than most of us but, if I was in the Marketing department, I would ask my techies to do what they did with the A900/A850 and disable some gadgetry and sell at a lower price.
If they drop the price of the A99 they risk upsetting some high price buyers (like me).
If they disable a few unimportant functions and lower the price for say an A98, the high price buyers can look down our noses at the cheaper option and the price conscious can have an almost identical camera for an acceptable price.
I can see your point John, but they did just that with the A77 price?
I paid nearly £1500 with the kit lens and it now £400 cheaper? Albeit over a longer time scale?
The trouble is with the A99 is they are competing with the D600 which everyone says uses the same sensor, and that is £££££ cheaper? Even the D800 is cheaper than the A99?
I think it will go under 2K very soon as it slowly creeping that way LOL!
There is never a right time to buy I don't think? If you can justify the cost I think it better to buy one, then never look at the price ever again haha!