Photographic equipment priced at $20 in 2000 $4.85 in 2019

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Prices for Photographic Equipment, 2000-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for photographic equipment were 75.73% lower in 2019 versus 2000 (a $15.15 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2019: Photographic equipment experienced an average inflation rate of -7.18% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, photographic equipment costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $4.85 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for photographic equipment was significantly lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -2.69%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for photographic equipment during the 2000-2019 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for photographic equipment was much lower.

Price Inflation for Photographic equipment since 1997

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2007 (-18.84%), 2006 (-12.67%), and 2008 (-11.85%).

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

Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 100.000 97.615 94.777 92.231 86.962 81.292 75.085 66.385 58.631 51.200 41.552 36.626 34.736 32.125 29.998 28.243 26.262 24.676 22.678 22.008 22.905 22.287 22.382

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Photographic equipment, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 -2.69%
2001 $18.86 -5.71%
2002 $17.63 -6.52%
2003 $16.28 -7.64%
2004 $14.40 -11.59%
2005 $12.71 -11.68%
2006 $11.10 -12.67%
2007 $9.01 -18.84%
2008 $7.94 -11.85%
2009 $7.53 -5.16%
2010 $6.97 -7.52%
2011 $6.51 -6.62%
2012 $6.12 -5.85%
2013 $5.69 -7.01%
2014 $5.35 -6.04%
2015 $4.92 -8.10%
2016 $4.77 -2.95%
2017 $4.97 4.07%
2018 $4.83 -2.70%
2019 $4.85 0.43%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for photographic equipment, 2000-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Photographic equipment was 92.231 in the year 2000 and 22.382 in 2019:

22.382 / 92.231 * $20 = $4.85

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $4.85 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Photographic equipment).


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

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