5 Things That Were WAY Cheaper in the '80s

There are a lot of perks to being alive today. You can access whatever information you're seeking instantaneously, from practically anywhere. You can have essentially any product delivered to your door within 24 hours of thinking of it. You can use extremely advanced technology for an affordable price tag. And you can share everything -- articles, your thoughts, your location, and even your latest purchase -- with you friends and family with the touch of a button. All of this would have seemed insane a mere 30 years ago. Sometimes it does feel like we're living in a sci-fi movie from the '80s.

But...the '80s had a few things going for them that wouldn't be so bad nowadays. Namely, cheaper things! Of course, inflation does factor into the price increases we have seen throughout the years, but it can not explain the jump in every cost that we incur. Here are a few things that were a little easier to buy in the good ol' days.


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For less than $1, you could mail four letters in 1985. At that time, the price of a single first-class stamp was $0.22. Considering what happens when you drop a letter in a mailbox (i.e.- it travels across the country and lands on the doorstep of the person to whom you're writing), that is pretty incredible. That being said, the cost of a stamp is less today than it would be if we account for inflation. That $0.22 should have the same buying power as $0.52 today. Instead, we shell out a cool $0.50 to mail a letter in 2018. So even though it might seem like a lot, it's less than it actually could/should be.