Audio equipment priced at $20 in 2012 $13.01 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Audio equipment

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Prices for Audio Equipment, 2012-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for audio equipment were 34.94% lower in 2019 versus 2012 (a $6.99 difference in value).

Between 2012 and 2019: Audio equipment experienced an average inflation rate of -5.96% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, audio equipment costing $20 in the year 2012 would cost $13.01 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.52% during this same period, inflation for audio equipment was significantly lower.

In the year 2012: Pricing changed by -6.93%, which is below the average yearly change for audio equipment during the 2012-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for audio equipment was much lower.

Price Inflation for Audio equipment since 2009

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2018 (-13.87%), 2017 (-8.28%), and 2012 (-6.93%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Audio equipment:

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 48.926 47.355 45.150 42.021 39.927 38.014 36.003 34.226 31.393 27.038 27.339

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Buying power of $20 since 2012

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Audio equipment, over time, for $20 beginning in 2012. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2012 $20.00 -6.93%
2013 $19.00 -4.98%
2014 $18.09 -4.79%
2015 $17.14 -5.29%
2016 $16.29 -4.94%
2017 $14.94 -8.28%
2018 $12.87 -13.87%
2019 $13.01 1.12%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for audio equipment, 2012-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Audio equipment was 42.021 in the year 2012 and 27.339 in 2019:

27.339 / 42.021 * $20 = $13.01

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as $13.01 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Audio equipment).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Audio equipment in 2009. In addition to audio equipment, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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