The AE-1 was my first serious camera, I bought it new in 1978, my mum signed the finance agreement for it, I still have the camera, and the finance agreement! It was £220 which equates to about £1,250, or around $2,000 in today's money, I paid for it with a paper round, actually two paper rounds! Now bearing that in mind can those vocal few stop moaning about the price of the 6D?
Unfortunately I don't have my mum anymore, but I will never sell that camera.
I have two or three of the AE-1 program models, they don't get the chirp-squeek like the AE-1's have. I can often find them with a 50mm f/1.8 FD lens for $5 at garage sales. I have spare batteries, flash units, and I clean them up and test them to make great cameras for photography students. They are cheap, and good learning cameras. Our local junior college has a very strong photography program. I also have a bunch of Minolta SRT101's, but they tend to have reliability issues, particulary susceptable to lens issues.