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Old 02-17-2014, 05:52 PM   #15
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The CPI inflation calculator is great fun. CPI Inflation Calculator

My dad sold gas, 5 gal for a dollar in Vermont in 1938. 20 cents a gal.

Put that into the calculator and you will find the 20 cent price in today's money is $3.30. That is just what I am paying now for gas.
I call it the gold standard, even though officially we're not on the gold standard anymore.

Here's how it was explained to me… A hundred years ago, the amount of gold in a $20 gold piece would buy you a good Colt revolver. Today, with inflation, the amount of gold in a $20 gold piece will still buy you a good Colt revolver. The value of gold hasn't changed, just the value of the money used to buy the gold.
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Old 02-17-2014, 06:23 PM   #16
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As long as we buy the $100,000 trailers they make they will keep building them and going up on price.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:26 PM   #17
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The CPI inflation calculator is great fun. CPI Inflation Calculator

My dad sold gas, 5 gal for a dollar in Vermont in 1938. 20 cents a gal.

Put that into the calculator and you will find the 20 cent price in today's money is $3.30. That is just what I am paying now for gas.

When I graduated from high school in a Seattle suburb in 1961, I could buy gasoline for 19.9 cents a gallon and then go across the street to "Lou's 19 cent Hamburgers" and buy a burger for 19 cents. I can't remember what fries to go with it were, but I'd guess 5 cents.

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I can remember a whopper cost .15 cents, fries were .05 and a drink was .05. Young people look at me with a look of complete disbelief on their faces, it was a different world...it is a different world.
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Old 02-17-2014, 11:59 PM   #19
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Here are some Airstream list prices from 1964.

Run them through the CPI calculator and see what they would be today.

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I think we all are getting old. I remember scrimping and saving so I could treat myself to a 25 cent hamburger. In those days they were real hamburgers and you needed ten napkins too clean up.
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Just imagine what 10 napkins cost! That's why a hamburger now costs $7... absurd!

Do you ever say out loud what something costs? To me it always seems different out loud..... holy crap.... this 2014 Airstream costs $102000 !!!!
I bought my PanAmerica new for around $60k and my Excella mostly never used for mid $20k.... for that I suppose I can afford top shelf hamburgers.
I have to admit I am feeling old and stuck in the past... everything is so expensive, lackluster quality, and generally disposable.
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I remember buying a new Chevy pickup in 1973 for $3500. Payments were $97 for 3 years. You could also get a burger, fries and a coke, for under a dollar at the golden arches.
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There is one thing you cannot dispute. Every living person on this earth is getting older up until the second they die. From that point on, they not only stop getting older, they also stop complaining about the price of everything.

Therefore it is only logical to conclude that getting older is the cause of the whole inflation problem.


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Old 02-18-2014, 03:24 PM   #24
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before you start complaining too much, you may want to pull up the average salaries back when burgers were .19 cents.

I make 5 times what I did 20 years ago, and I'm glad for that increase, though the job I did 20 years ago only pays 50% more.
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I agree with robwok. When I started as teacher in 1975, my annual pay was 9000. My rent was 125 a month, and i drove a 500 car.
Things change...prices go up, incomes go up all that is relative. With Airstreams the vintage ones are going up more and more as they gain in popularity. The bargains are fewer and farther in between.
Its like the barn find cars,,,not many barns left to explore.
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everything is so expensive, lackluster quality, and generally disposable.
I think you forgot to add, "Except Airstreams," right?
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There is one thing you cannot dispute. Every living person on this earth is getting older up until the second they die. From that point on, they not only stop getting older, they also stop complaining about the price of everything.

Therefore it is only logical to conclude that getting older is the cause of the whole inflation problem.


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Is that kind'a like my theory that bifocals cause gravity to increase? Because about the time I got my bifocals, I found it a lot harder to get up off the floor. (Don't get me started on trifocals!)
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Is that kind'a like my theory that bifocals cause gravity to increase? Because about the time I got my bifocals, I found it a lot harder to get up off the floor. (Don't get me started on trifocals!)
That's totally true.

You will remember that before you got bifocals, everything you saw was slightly fuzzy. This is because it was less dense. Just as fuzzy cotton candy is fuzzier and less dense than the sugar that it is made from.

Your bifocals focused the available light and other energy in your vicinity. This concentrated focused light and energy caused the fuzzy shrouds to melt back into their original sources. In a very short time all fuzziness was eliminated and the fuzziness's mass was absorbed into and combined with the earth's mass. This increased the earth's total mass and obviously therefor it's gravitational force.

Had your bifocals been much stronger, you might be still be struggling to get up, unable to reach escape velocity.

Had you gotten trifocals, you would right now be lying on the floor unable to get the moon lifted off from on top of you.

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