They can be had for a good price if you are willing to do the leg work and be patient...
I picked up this bass at a pawn shop. It had been hanging in the shop with a $1000.00 price tag for over a year. I made monthly trips to check on it. One day, I wandered in and it was gone! I asked the guy if they sold it and he said they got tired of looking at it and put it away.
I asked him how much to take it off his hands... he suggested that it was my lucky day and I got it for around $500.00.
It needed some work, including a new output jack and a new truss rod as it was locked up tight.
I found a local guy who removed the fret board, installed a new truss rod, all for $140.00.
So I have somewhere in the $700.00 range tied up in this bass. Still a bargain as it is my number one gigging bass. It has some significant rash on the back and numerous chips here and there, but I really don't care... it's a working bass.
Here's a pic...