Northeast USA here. SVT-40s have become one of those things (like Type 2 "Paratrooper" takedown Arisakas, G43s, scoped M1C/M1D Garands, Johnson rifles, etc.) that can usually be found at large gun shows, but with insane price tags that ensure no one would actually buy them. If I was more cynical I'd suggest that guns like that are only brought out to shows to flex your personal collection on the poors, but maybe they see it as a way to generate interest in traffic for their table. I've probably seen at least five SVT-40s in the last few months at shows.You must be in Canada because I have never for the life of me seen a SVT in the wild but from what I hear they sent a shitton up North and they were going for pretty cheap like sub $1000. Something to do with the import laws on milsurp firearms, also they get those Norinco M1A clones that can be hit or miss but you get what you pay for.
There were probably two dozen SVT-40s, and at least one unicorn SVT-38, sold in RIAC's most recent sporting & collector auction for similarly outrageous prices.
I have also heard they're more common in Canada but cannot personally confirm. If so, the Canadians do not deserve them.