October 20

Do you remember 1980?

I am doing a research project on cost of living.  I m going to the store today to look up prices on these things and want to see if you can remember how much they cost in 1980.  We are going to the library to see if we can find out but i thought you could help me.

Do you remember the price of:

video cameras


handheld mirror





house 3 bedroom


t shirt



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Posted October 20, 2014 by Loki Safford in category Uncategorized

14 thoughts on “Do you remember 1980?

  1. Bruce Reinhard

    My 1st video camera was about $700.00, carrots about $ .49 a lb. hh mirror, not sure never bought one, tea, about $1.99 a box of Lipton, purse, sorry never bought one of those, 32″ TV was a Sony, about $550.00 if I recall, bought 1 guitar in 1976 so can’t vouch for 1980s price, typical 4000 sq ft. house about $90,000.00 novels about $ .89 to $2.99, T shirts $ 2.99 to $15.00 depending on brands, we never had a fireplace so can’t vouch for firewood, newspaper I’m sure you mean $ .25…..

    1. Loki Safford (Post author)

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  2. Uncle Tim

    Hey Loki,

    I remember some of the 80’s but in 1980 I was only 5 so I don’t think I knew how much things cost.

    Maybe one of the grandparents can help you out.

    Uncle Tim

  3. Rhiannon Gallagher

    I was 9 then, I wasn’t very aware of prices. I can remember that a Tootsie Roll Pop was 10 cents and a Mounds candy bar was 35 cents. I also remember that a cassette tape was about $10. These are the things that I was buying at 9, so they were important. Good luck finding out what the grown-ups were spending . . .

  4. Heidi

    By video camera do you mean the “camcorder” for common use by consumers, as opposed to video cameras for filming movies and TV? I am not sure that a general consumer video camera was really being used in 1980. And because I was five, I do not really remember the price of things. I have no idea how accurate this website is, but it has some interesting information. http://www.1980sflashback.com/1980/economy.asp It looks like gas has gone up more than milk and eggs. I wish current housing prices were what they were in 1980 (only because I am buying, not selling). Here is another article with some comparisons: http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/dec2010/bw2010122_206420.htm and http://www.businessweek.com/lifestyle/content/dec2010/bw2010122_206420.htm.

  5. Aunt Fielding

    Hi Loki,

    I wish I could remember the prices, but I was only about 7 years old in 1980. I do remember my favorite records (and probably torturing you mom with them…Blondie and Grease), but I am pretty sure your grandmother bought them for me. That doesn’t help you at all, but I wanted to wish you luck with your project.


    Aunt Fielding

    PS…loved seeing your adventures in NY and Philly! I used to go to NY all of the time when I was your age with my dad. My aunt and great aunt/uncle lived there…so I have wonderful memories of NY adventures. My dad’s family immigrated to NY from Germany/Poland. :)


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