Photography supplies priced at $100 in 2005 $143.43 in 2016

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Prices for Photography Supplies, 2005-2016 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for film and photographic supplies are 43.43% higher in 2016 versus 2005 (a $43.43 difference in value).

Between 2005 and 2016: Photography supplies experienced an average inflation rate of 3.33% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, photography supplies costing $100 in the year 2005 would cost $143.43 in 2016 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.89% during this same period, inflation for photography supplies was higher.

In the year 2005: Pricing changed by -0.15%, which is significantly below the average yearly change for photography supplies during the 2005-2016 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2005 (3.39%), inflation for photography supplies was much 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 2005

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Photography supplies, over time, for $100 beginning in 2005. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate

* 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:


Adjust photography supplies prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016 / CPI in 2005 * 2005 USD value = 2016 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Film and photographic supplies was 88.377 in the year 2005 and 126.756 in 2016:

126.756 / 88.377 * $100 = $143.43

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2005 has the same "purchasing power" as $143.43 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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