A $200-$300 scope made today is better than a $1,000 scope made 25 years ago. A $50 scope made 25 years ago has more craftsmanship and is probably better finished. I'll take the new technology.
For my money a $300 Leupold VX-2 is about the perfect balance of price and quality. I have more expensive scopes, and less expensive scopes. There is a big gap in quality with a scope only $50 less, only a tiny bit better quality on a scope costing $300 more.