Madness! I just got my latest edition of the Century Arms catalog, and they’re running Romanian AKs for around $350-$375. That seems to be the going price right now, as you can order them from AIM Surplus for about $379. If you want to “go big” you can get a Hungarian side-folding stock AK for less that $400 from AIM.
I don’t own an AK, but for those prices it’s worth buying one. Just don’t do anything to do, buy it, leave it stock, and shoot the wheels off it.