About 20 years ago, a local gun store was advertising Chinese SKS's for $70.... they were "bottom of the barrel" quality. I bought one, and man, it was in sad shape. That gun had been ridden hard and put away wet. Most of the finish was gone. Bad dings in the stock. The gas tube had rusted through, and the escaping gas had split the handguard right down the middle.... but that darned gun still functioned properly!