Photographic equipment and supplies priced at $20 in 1977 $15.05 in 2021

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Prices for Photographic Equipment And Supplies, 1977-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for photographic equipment and supplies were 24.74% lower in 2021 versus 1977 (a $4.95 difference in value).

Between 1977 and 2021: Photographic equipment and supplies experienced an average inflation rate of -0.64% per year. In other words, photographic equipment and supplies costing $20 in the year 1977 would cost $15.05 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.39% during this same period, inflation for photographic equipment and supplies was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Photographic equipment and supplies since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1980 (11.46%), 2007 (-10.43%), and 2006 (-7.52%).

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

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 76.100 78.562 82.023 91.423 95.177 98.331 99.946 101.746 103.515 107.738 114.954 120.285 125.708 128.654 130.962 133.123 134.500 132.323 133.423 133.685 134.023 133.023 130.262 126.377 123.792 118.592 112.569 104.262 98.485 91.077 81.582 76.524 73.869 69.881 66.853 64.297 60.442 59.057 55.073 53.827 55.706 53.682 53.791 56.496 57.276

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Buying power of $20 since 1977

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Photographic equipment and supplies, over time, for $20 beginning in 1977. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1977 $20.00 -
1978 $20.65 3.23%
1979 $21.56 4.41%
1980 $24.03 11.46%
1981 $25.01 4.11%
1982 $25.84 3.31%
1983 $26.27 1.64%
1984 $26.74 1.80%
1985 $27.21 1.74%
1986 $28.31 4.08%
1987 $30.21 6.70%
1988 $31.61 4.64%
1989 $33.04 4.51%
1990 $33.81 2.34%
1991 $34.42 1.79%
1992 $34.99 1.65%
1993 $35.35 1.03%
1994 $34.78 -1.62%
1995 $35.07 0.83%
1996 $35.13 0.20%
1997 $35.22 0.25%
1998 $34.96 -0.75%
1999 $34.23 -2.08%
2000 $33.21 -2.98%
2001 $32.53 -2.05%
2002 $31.17 -4.20%
2003 $29.58 -5.08%
2004 $27.40 -7.38%
2005 $25.88 -5.54%
2006 $23.94 -7.52%
2007 $21.44 -10.43%
2008 $20.11 -6.20%
2009 $19.41 -3.47%
2010 $18.37 -5.40%
2011 $17.57 -4.33%
2012 $16.90 -3.82%
2013 $15.88 -6.00%
2014 $15.52 -2.29%
2015 $14.47 -6.75%
2016 $14.15 -2.26%
2017 $14.64 3.49%
2018 $14.11 -3.63%
2019 $14.14 0.20%
2020 $14.85 5.03%
2021 $15.05 1.38%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for photographic equipment and supplies, 1977-2021

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1977 * 1977 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Photographic equipment and supplies was 76.100 in the year 1977 and 57.276 in 2021:

57.276 / 76.100 * $20 = $15.05

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1977 has the same "purchasing power" as $15.05 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Photographic equipment and supplies).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Photographic equipment and supplies in 1977. In addition to photographic equipment and 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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