Went and did some holiday shopping this morning (Best Buy, Circuit City and Target) and each store had a plethora of PS3's.
From what I have seen, most were the new $399 version with no backwards compatability for the PS2. Yet of course there were no Wii's and most everybody was looking at the 360's.
Also, the Rock-Band for the 360's were all gone, but the PS3 versions had TONS left.
I know for me personally, I would NEVER buy a PS3 with no backwards compatability.
I find it funny, that this version of the PS3 is still the least expensive Blu-Ray player, but I don't think non-gamers are looking at it that way.