Photography supplies priced at $100 in 1997 $126.76 in 2016

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Prices for Photography Supplies, 1997-2016 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for film and photographic supplies are 26.76% higher in 2016 versus 1997 (a $26.76 difference in value).

Between 1997 and 2016: Photography supplies experienced an average inflation rate of 1.26% per year. In other words, photography supplies costing $100 in the year 1997 would cost $126.76 in 2016 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.14% during this same period, inflation for photography supplies was lower.

Price Inflation for Film and photographic supplies since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2014 (22.93%), 2012 (7.78%), and 2013 (3.24%).

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Buying power of $100.00 since 1997

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Photography supplies, over time, for $100 beginning in 1997. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1997$100.00-
1998$100.220.22%
1999$98.80-1.41%
2000$97.08-1.74%
2001$96.52-0.58%
2002$94.28-2.33%
2003$91.40-3.05%
2004$88.51-3.16%
2005$88.38-0.15%
2006$85.89-2.81%
2007$85.77-0.14%
2008$86.971.40%
2009$88.671.96%
2010$89.641.10%
2011$91.321.87%
2012$98.437.78%
2013$101.623.24%
2014$124.9222.93%
2015$125.830.73%
2016$126.760.74%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Film and photographic supplies:

Year19971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
CPI100.000100.21598.80097.08596.52394.27791.40088.50888.37785.89285.77086.96888.67189.64491.31998.428101.620124.919125.830126.756

Adjust photography supplies prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016 / CPI in 1997 * 1997 USD value = 2016 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Film and photographic supplies was 100.000 in the year 1997 and 126.756 in 2016:

126.756 / 100.000 * $100 = $126.76

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 1997 has the same "purchasing power" as $126.76 in 2016 (in the CPI category of Film and photographic supplies).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Film and photographic supplies in 1997. In addition to photography supplies, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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