On Feb 20, 2012, at 7:34 AM, Drew Blanchard wrote:

MacBooks have disappeared completely from Apple's Website, and I've heard several rumors these machines have been discontinued, with the remaining stock selling quickly.  What gives?  Anyone know what's going on?  Will there (soon) be a similar replacement?  

There was a post on MacRumors about the evolution of the Macintosh line

More Claims of MacBook Pro Adopting MacBook Air Form Factor in 2012 Redesign
Friday February 10, 2012 11:14 am PST by Eric Slivka
http://goo.gl/f1mN7

The "disappearance from the shelf" is usually taken to be an "inventory clearance"  

As for Apple sales reps not giving insights they may not have any advice to give. 

You might want to drop by Small Dog and see if anyone there has more rumors to share