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Old 09-10-2019, 06:57 AM
 
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Macy's catalog 1971

https://archive.org/details/TNM_Macy..._20180122_0100

Use your favorite handy dandy inflation calculator to work out sums.
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Old 09-10-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Australia
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In Australia almost everything was relatively more expensive with the one major exception; real estate.
Cars, clothes, electrical items, furniture, everything I can think of. When we travelled to the US we would buy sheets and towels, shoes and jeans. We would buy electrical stuff in Asia. Jewellery in Italy.

I still shake my head in disbelief at how cheap so many things are now. An around the world airfare in 1977 cost us about the same as it does now. But we were each earning $8,000 a year. The equivalent now for that age and stage of career would be around $80,000. We went on that trip before we had kids thinking it might be a once in a lifetime overseas trip. Now we and many others go overseas at least twice a year.

However here the killer for young people is that real estate price, a small house half an hour from the city in Sydney is generally well over $US1 million. At least they can furnish it cheaply!
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:13 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Viagra $45 a pill. Generic 30 pills now for $23.

My first DVR was $400 and fax machine for the office was $900.

Dell Computers were $1200-1800 now $400-500.
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Old 09-16-2019, 11:33 PM
 
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Some people may look at old ads and think “Wow! Things were a lot cheaper back then!” But I have evidence that not everything was cheaper. We have a receipt from late 1973 showing Dad paid $689 for a Zenith console color television. What else was more expensive than it is now?
I think oil and gasoline were more expensive in the 70's than they are today in real terms.
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Old 09-17-2019, 12:54 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Porn. Back in the earliest days of VHS an adult themed tape would sell for around a 100 bucks. Now it’s virtually free on the internet.
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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One that nobody has mentioned so far: the ballpoint pen.

A ballpoint pen in 1945 cost US$12.50, or about $174 in 2018 dollars. (Cite.) Today, you can buy one for less than a dollar. Heck, businesses give them away for free, as promotional items.
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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I bought my first VCR in 1985 for $350 which was on sale from $500. It lasted almost 20 years. The ones I bought to replace it were plastic and lasted a couple of years. Good luck finding one now. I still have a few tapes!
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Old Yesterday, 10:32 AM
 
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Back when TV's were too expensive. My cousins had one that you had to put money in for it to come on. Seems like it was around a 25 cents for an hour. Some one should invent a wireless router or cable box that your kids have to put money in for each hour of use.
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Old Yesterday, 10:39 AM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Back when TV's were too expensive. My cousins had one that you had to put money in for it to come on. Seems like it was around a 25 cents for an hour. Some one should invent a wireless router or cable box that your kids have to put money in for each hour of use.

They were fairly common in budget motel chains back in the 50's. And even in the 70's I can recall seeing coin operated TV chairs in airports domestically.
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Old Yesterday, 10:40 AM
 
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This might have already been said, but I got my first microwave in 1971. My then-husband was in the Navy and brought it home with him from Japan at a great price -- $270 in 1972 dollars, which translates to about $1,650 in today's money!
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