Back in the 80's they were not that popular. @ $1000. In early 90's similar price till @94 then up in price.... Few times basic ARs from most any company used were over a grand... Then 2016. If it went the other way few doubt values would have gone up fast. IMO many companies increased production thinking that... But the experts were wrong. Some Americans still wanted freedom. Now they are doing anything to sell ARs. A decent one is $500 NIB with 20 rds ammo, mag and a $100 store credit good on anything (except that AR). So for @$500 you get gun, couple mags, sling, few boxes of ammo. (Or some combination) For you younger folks. I don't see that they can sell built ARs much cheaper. You can buy stripped lowers @$35 everything else @$250 on up. (Without going really questionable sources). I have not built one, just from looking.., Heck I am heading to pick up a AR-10 I didn't intend to buy. I heard price "I'll take one for that". I could have backed out. But I said it. Mags are still cheap, ammo available. My intent was to thin the herd... But in @6 yrs they likely will be worth double so no hurry.