Televisions priced at $500 in 2015 $202.36 in 2020

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Prices for Televisions, 2015-2020 ($500)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for televisions were 59.53% lower in 2020 versus 2015 (a $297.64 difference in value).

Between 2015 and 2020: Televisions experienced an average inflation rate of -16.55% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, televisions costing $500 in the year 2015 would cost $202.36 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.77% during this same period, inflation for televisions was significantly lower.

In the year 2015: Pricing changed by -14.17%, which is above the average yearly change for televisions during the 2015-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2015 (0.12%), inflation for televisions was much lower.

Price Inflation for Televisions since 1950

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2010 (-24.70%), 2009 (-24.17%), and 2007 (-24.12%).

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Buying power of $500.00 since 2015

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Televisions, over time, for $500 beginning in 2015. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2015$500.00-14.17%
2016$403.78-19.24%
2017$348.90-13.59%
2018$290.95-16.61%
2019$235.31-19.12%
2020$202.36-14.00%
2021$213.915.70%
2022$197.13-7.84%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

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

Year1950195119521953195419551956195719581959196019611962196319641965196619671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI160.000155.800137.240132.420123.280116.860117.860123.000124.820126.540127.280123.480117.500114.820111.967106.700102.280100.27799.93899.77799.900100.29299.70098.22399.131101.808103.108101.892101.815103.215104.623105.477104.123100.53195.43888.65483.20879.70077.61576.06274.63872.88572.39270.66969.92368.07764.49261.70059.22354.91549.92344.79240.11534.86230.01526.56222.32316.93813.98410.6057.9856.6365.4294.5813.9363.3782.7282.3571.9661.5901.3671.4451.332

Adjust televisions prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 2015 * 2015 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Televisions was 3.378 in the year 2015 and 1.367 in 2020:

1.367 / 3.378 * $500 = $202.36

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $500 in 2015 has the same "purchasing power" as $202.36 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Televisions).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Televisions in 1950. In addition to televisions, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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