Watches priced at $20 in 2008 $26.12 in 2022

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Prices for Watches, 2008-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for watches are 30.60% higher in 2022 versus 2008 (a $6.12 difference in value).

Between 2008 and 2022: Watches experienced an average inflation rate of 1.93% per year. In other words, watches costing $20 in the year 2008 would cost $26.12 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.19% during this same period, inflation for watches was lower.

In the year 2008: Pricing changed by -0.03%, which is below the average yearly change for watches during the 2008-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2008 (3.84%), inflation for watches was much lower.

Price Inflation for Watches since 1986

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2016 (5.16%), 1994 (4.82%), and 2017 (4.75%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 2008

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Watches, over time, for $20 beginning in 2008. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
2008$20.00-0.03%
2009$19.99-0.07%
2010$19.71-1.39%
2011$19.991.46%
2012$20.281.41%
2013$20.832.75%
2014$20.940.52%
2015$21.110.81%
2016$22.205.16%
2017$23.254.75%
2018$23.701.90%
2019$23.780.38%
2020$24.583.33%
2021$25.654.35%
2022$26.121.85%*

* 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 Watches:

Year1986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI100.000102.392106.062108.808110.138114.900116.085118.777124.508129.054129.762126.662123.531122.269122.154120.131115.685112.562115.000115.215116.769116.744116.707116.622114.997116.671118.312121.569122.202123.188129.550135.698138.271138.794143.414149.648152.417

Adjust watches prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Watches was 116.707 in the year 2008 and 152.417 in 2022:

152.417 / 116.707 * $20 = $26.12

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" as $26.12 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Watches).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Watches in 1986. In addition to watches, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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