Photography supplies priced at $100 in 2000 $130.56 in 2016

Historical Price Inflation for Photography supplies

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Prices for Photography Supplies, 2000-2016 ($100)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for film and photographic supplies were 30.56% higher in 2016 versus 2000.

Between 2000 and 2016: Photography supplies experienced an average inflation rate of 1.68% per year. In other words, photography supplies costing $100 in the year 2000 would cost $130.56 in 2016 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.10% during this same period, inflation for photography supplies was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -1.74%, significantly below the average yearly change for photography supplies during the 2000-2016 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), price inflation for photography supplies was much lower.

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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How to calculate the inflation rate for photography supplies, 2000-2016

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2016 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2016 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Film and photographic supplies was 97.085 in the year 2000 and 126.756 in 2016:

126.756 / 97.085 * $100 = $130.56

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $100 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $130.56 in 2016 (in the 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 other goods and services.

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