Video and audio priced at $20 in 1993 $22.88 in 2021

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Prices for Video And Audio, 1993-2021 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for video and audio are 14.38% higher in 2021 versus 1993 (a $2.88 difference in value).

Between 1993 and 2021: Video and audio experienced an average inflation rate of 0.48% per year. In other words, video and audio costing $20 in the year 1993 would cost $22.88 in 2021 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.27% during this same period, inflation for video and audio was lower.

Price Inflation for Video and audio since 1993

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2018 (4.79%), 2021 (3.08%), and 1997 (2.93%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1993

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Video and audio, over time, for $20 beginning in 1993. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1993 $20.00 -
1994 $19.77 -1.14%
1995 $19.70 -0.35%
1996 $20.02 1.61%
1997 $20.61 2.93%
1998 $20.61 0.00%
1999 $20.61 0.00%
2000 $20.61 0.00%
2001 $20.61 0.00%
2002 $20.61 0.00%
2003 $20.61 0.00%
2004 $20.61 0.00%
2005 $20.61 0.00%
2006 $20.61 0.00%
2007 $20.61 0.00%
2008 $20.61 0.00%
2009 $20.61 0.00%
2010 $20.61 0.00%
2011 $20.61 0.00%
2012 $20.61 0.00%
2013 $20.61 0.00%
2014 $20.61 0.00%
2015 $20.61 0.00%
2016 $20.61 0.00%
2017 $20.61 0.00%
2018 $21.60 4.79%
2019 $21.69 0.44%
2020 $22.19 2.31%
2021 $22.88 3.08%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Video and audio:

Year 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
CPI 96.500 95.400 95.067 96.600 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 99.433 104.201 104.657 107.078 110.375

Adjust video and audio prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2021 / CPI in 1993 * 1993 USD value = 2021 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Video and audio was 96.500 in the year 1993 and 110.375 in 2021:

110.375 / 96.500 * $20 = $22.88

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1993 has the same "purchasing power" as $22.88 in 2021 (in the CPI category of Video and audio).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Video and audio in 1993. In addition to video and audio, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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