I paid $1k for my arsenal, tho it is milled. IMO that was a bargian compared to what the milled norinco's and poly's are going for on gunbroker... if u can even find one, mostly I see mak's with the wooden thumbhole stuck going $800 or better.
I def don't think your "that guy" for throwing the VZ out there. I'm very partial to CZ. I have a Rami in 9mm as a backup c/c, and I've wanted a Dan Wesson cco for a while now. My only concern about the VZ is mag shortage if restrictions come down. A romAK can take any AK mag ever built, even the cheap tapco stuff.