According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for computer software and accessories were 18.25% lower in 2021 versus 2018 (a $3.65 difference in value).
Between 2018 and 2021: Computer software and accessories experienced an average inflation rate of -6.50% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, computer software and accessories costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $16.35 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.37% during this same period, inflation for computer software and accessories was significantly lower.
In the year 2018: Pricing changed by -2.64%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for computer software and accessories during the 2018-2021 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2018 (2.44%), inflation for computer software and accessories was much lower.
Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Computer software and accessories:
Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Computer software and accessories, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:
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