This look back through history proves that the price of products is never set in stone. From electronics to food and appliances, very few products have remained in the same price range when compared to their original counterparts.

Each of the following images is broken down into three elements:

“What it Was:” – This was the original price of the product when it was first released

“In Today’s Dollars:” – Using the Consumer Price Index inflation calculator, you can see the equivalent price of the product if it were released today.

“Now:” – This is the price of the most comparable product that is available today

View the presentation as a slideshow:

The iPod Classic:

iPod Classic

The Motorola DynaTac 8000X:

Motorola DynaTac 8000X

The EPSON HX-20:


The Ford Model T:

Ford Model T

The Magnavox Odyssey:

Magnavox Odyssey

The Argus A Camera:

Argus A Camera

A McDonald’s Burger and Fries:


The Olivetti Programma 101:

Olivetti Programma 101

A Delta Airlines ticket:

Delta Airlines

The RCA TRK-12:


The Maytag “Gyrafoam” Washer:

MayTag Gyrafoam Washer

The White Cross Electric Hair Dryer:

White Cross Electric Hair Dryer

What product’s original price surprises you the most? Is there a product today that you think is overpriced?
Post a comment below and tell us!

AvatarJonathan Michael

Jonathan is the Engagement Marketing Manager for Palo Alto Software, and has spent the last 9 years developing and implementing digital marketing strategies. During that time, he has learned that empathy and authenticity are strengths by which companies can effectively engage with individuals at every point throughout the customer journey.