Sports equipment priced at $20 in 2008 $16.14 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Sports equipment

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Prices for Sports Equipment, 2008-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for sports equipment were 19.29% lower in 2018 versus 2008 (a $3.86 difference in value).

Between 2008 and 2018: Sports equipment experienced an average inflation rate of -2.12% per year. This rate of change indicates significant deflation. In other words, sports equipment costing $20 in the year 2008 would cost $16.14 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.55% during this same period, inflation for sports equipment was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Sports equipment since 2008

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2011 (-4.73%), 2010 (-2.97%), and 2015 (-2.94%).

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

Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 98.430 100.535 97.550 92.936 91.858 89.578 87.461 84.886 83.776 81.566 79.446

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Buying power of $20 since 2008

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

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2008 $20.00 -
2009 $20.43 2.14%
2010 $19.82 -2.97%
2011 $18.88 -4.73%
2012 $18.66 -1.16%
2013 $18.20 -2.48%
2014 $17.77 -2.36%
2015 $17.25 -2.94%
2016 $17.02 -1.31%
2017 $16.57 -2.64%
2018 $16.14 -2.60%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for sports equipment, 2008-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2008 * 2008 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Sports equipment was 98.430 in the year 2008 and 79.446 in 2018:

79.446 / 98.430 * $20 = $16.14

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2008 has the same "purchasing power" as $16.14 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Sports equipment).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Sports equipment in 2008. In addition to sports 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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