Photography supplies priced at $100 in 2012 $128.78 in 2016

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Prices for Photography Supplies, 2012-2016 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for film and photographic supplies were 28.78% higher in 2016 versus 2012 (a $28.78 difference in value).

Between 2012 and 2016: Photography supplies experienced an average inflation rate of 6.53% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, photography supplies costing $100 in the year 2012 would cost $128.78 in 2016 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.12% during this same period, inflation for photography supplies was significantly higher.

In the year 2012: Pricing changed by 7.78%, which is above the average yearly change for photography supplies during the 2012-2016 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2012 (2.07%), inflation for photography supplies was much higher.

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%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
CPI 100.000 100.215 98.800 97.085 96.523 94.277 91.400 88.508 88.377 85.892 85.770 86.968 88.671 89.644 91.319 98.428 101.620 124.919 125.830 126.756

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Buying power of $100 since 2012

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Photography supplies, over time, for $100 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 $100.00 7.78%
2013 $103.24 3.24%
2014 $126.91 22.93%
2015 $127.84 0.73%
2016 $128.78 0.74%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for photography supplies, 2012-2016

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 USD value = 2016 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Film and photographic supplies was 98.428 in the year 2012 and 126.756 in 2016:

126.756 / 98.428 * $100 = $128.78

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as $128.78 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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