Inflation or Deflation

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62 thoughts on “Inflation or Deflation

    1. i agree! It’s been going on a while now, 25% reduction in sizes in most commodity items, since late 2009!!!

      Prices remained the same while the quantity of product was radically slashed, most people don’t catch on….sneaky mfers!

  1. I agree with Mike there; I thought it was just my imagination at first, but now I am convinced that the products themselves are getting smaller, cheaper, and less often in stock. Grocery stores in general are unintentionally disguising the collapse by constantly having their shelves appear full, but if you look closely, you will notice that they have eliminated entire isles/restructured isles to give the impression of being in stock. Yet your favorite item of such-n-such goes missing from the shelves for weeks, or months, before reappearing. The façade can only delude for so long…..

  2. You should add Toliet Paper to the list not only has the price changed but so has the size of the role the latest thing I see is the inside roller is getting larger with outside diamiter not changing. IE less for more with the appearence of the same.

    1. another thing about the toilet paper. We constantly bought the 36 pack when it was on sale at a good price, about 18-22 cents per roll. Now that 36 pack doesn’t appear to be made anymore. Instead, what we are seeing here is ‘the new math’…….12 rolls equal 24, 24 rolls equal 48, etc. The one that I didn’t understand was 12=24=29!

      I find also that the price per roll is as high as $1.00 on some of these packages.

      1. LOL, that ‘s too funny about the toilet paper. The other day takes me 20 minutes picking out toilet paper. what was a single roll is now called a double roll and the new single roll is half of the old single roll. Next time i need ass wipe I’ll need to bring my accountant and lawyer with me. Might have to issue an executive order instituting a 3 squares per day policy,with 3 teenage daughters and wife i might have trouble enforcing that order. I refuse to buy corrupt Globalist ass wipe. Just alittle humor to ease the tension for even just a few minutes.

      2. I sell toilet paper that’s made in China. It’s almost 50% less than made in the USA. The quality isn’t as good though but your fingers won’t go through.

      3. This sounds almost ridiculous, but I’m serious. Toilet paper is a total waste of money. And inefficient. Might as well flush dollars down the drain. Use a soft washcloth with warm water and small quantity of soap. Then wash your hands and wash out the washcloth in the sink with hot water and a little more soap
        More hygienic and cheaper. Works better than dry paper for all orifices and all applications. Breathe easy, you won’t stink.

    2. I can’t believe how expensive toilet paper is. One roll only lasts about 2 or 3 days for my family of two. We have to pay attention to save it so it can last longer. I was told that Obama put tariff on China made toilet paper that is much cheaper than made in the U.S. because of the labor cost. That’s how he keeps the jobs for the toilet paper industry, but it’s a rape off for American consumers.

  3. If anyone is interested in learning more, check out the film “Collapse”. There’s also the accompanying book, “Confronting Collapse”. Michael Ruppert is frank and true. And thank you to the X22 staff, this website is sooooo helpful to me. I can keep track of the trends, and I appreciate you giving it to me straight.

  4. Please remember that dairy products are being held down in price deliberately. If they were truly priced where the costs actually are, no one would be able to afford them.
    Also, stores no longer carry inventory in the back of each store. What is on the shelves is what is in the stores. Stores only have a 2 maybe 3 day supply of anything in each store on hand. It is very easy to empty the shelves and not have anything available to fill them.

  5. After taking my daughter trick or treating, we were going through the candy. I saw a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and claimed it. When I opened it up, I found the cup is about 1/4 smaller than it used to be.

    1. I noticed that, too, about the reeses cups. I noticed that awhile ago, but again, I thought it was my imagination. Another product downsized.

  6. Property taxes have raised in the city of Jacksonville, Fl where I live. Mine raised about $300 a year and I live in a below average house. Also they have a law with a fee attached; to inspect new businesses to make sure they are complying with property use laws.

    1. My property taxes is much higher than the last year. I am talking about $400 to $500.00. They told me that they are going to raise taxes each year.

    2. Just so you know that my property taxes had another $300 a year raise again! I called the county where I live. They said that it is no stranger to raise any amount of money next year!

  7. Looks like prices held pretty steady so far through the year. Milk has gone up, but gasoline has gone down. I thought things were getting more expensive but judging by these numbers I might have been wrong.

  8. They are pushing prices down by importing goods from China. Food from China is now destroying American farms, soon all industry will be taken over by foreign workers. We are being transformed into a global world and everyone will be the same. The American middle class will be no more. Wake up it’s not about destruction its about transformation.

    1. You gotta watch that food from China, was listening to Mike Adams saying alotta heavy metals n toxin in Chinas water from all the mining n manufactoring industries thats showing up in alotta foods from china, specially farm raised fish

  9. I would suggest that you may be tracking the wrong items. We need food to survive, thus its importance cannot be understated, but I think we would be better served looking at other items to demonstrate real inflation. The U.S. produces a lot of our own food and this makes it extremely easy for the government to control its price and availability. Maybe my experience is different from others but the real sticker shock I experience is when I try to buy durable goods, mostly manufactured overseas. I cringe at the prices when I can no longer put off that inevitable purchase of clothing, shoes, or appliances. I am increasingly finding that I cannot replace items at an affordable cost and must alter my lifestyle downward.

    1. I noticed this recently when I was going through Wal Mart. I had gone in for something at the back of the store, and while I was walking back to the register, I began to notice that the prices of things like socks, jeans had risen.

      1. bought hot dog rolls and bag of shredded cheese/2 cup size and paid 1.00 dollar more than 6 months ago for same 2 items

  10. This ‘cheapification’ of virtually all products have been accelerating in recent months. Stores do what they can to keep a lid on sticker prices, but by examining price per ounce (printed on the tag below the product) you’ll see they’re shaving quantity on many things while playing “two-fer” tricks to create the illusion of a bargain. Regarding milk, eggs, and butter: they are store ‘loss leaders’– they lose money on these items in order to draw in customers on other products.

    The other part of ‘cheapification’ is the swapping in of lower quality ingredients, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup to replace sugar. HFCS is extremely cheap because of yearly subsidizes to the US corn industry, which is why it’s now found in well over 95% of sweetened goods in America. Unfortunately, it’s also made with GMO corn, which has been implicated in many of the “modern” diseases which afflict our citizens, including obesity.

    Another factor, rarely mentioned, is how the modern corporate supermarket chains waste tremendous amounts of perfectly good food to perpetuate a “Horn of Plenty” look to the shelves– particularly fresh produce. Much of that too-perfect looking produce will never make it to a dinner plate. My wife’s chain, Harris Teeter, tosses around 300 tons of food a month due to these goofball product-staging policies.

    Overall, 40% of US food production is wasted- 3/4 before it ever hits a dinner plate, the rest what you and I throw out. Imagine how much cheaper (and more plentiful) food would be if stores, restaurants, and especially consumers were not addicted to the “piled high” aesthetic.

    A similar mentality drives the consumer goods market, where 98% of products are literally thrown out within 6 months of purchase.

    Obviously, none of this is sustainable in a world of finite resources.

    1. I was following you UNTIL “sustainable” entered your post, the U.N. catchword for NWO (corrupt U.N. – Agenda 21 takeover). I hope you just chose a bad word, it’s one of those words that, to me, has forever lost its literal meaning because it is used now as “NewSpeak.”

  11. My favorite “pig out” food used to be giant hershey bars (with almonds) about once a month. Stopped that when the bars increased in price, appeared less than 3/4 the old size and use only almond pieces instead of whole almonds. Also, I seem to remember reading that they’re now made in Mexico….

  12. Rural location. Milk $2.69 at Aldi about 3 months ago. Now it’s $3.05 at the same store. Butter was $1.49, now $2.49, same store. We can’t afford these prices any longer. I only buy butter if it’s on sale, around the holidays. I still have $0.99 per pound butter in the freezer from last November. Many items go on sale at specific times during the year (baking supplies around T-day and Christmas for example), that’s when I buy them in bulk. I watch for sales: $0.49 per bag of baby carrots (reg. price $1.15) – so I buy 40 bags. Last fall, I bought 200 pounds of potatoes because they were $1.99 for a 10 pound bag. $0.49 for a pound of broccoli – I bought 20 bags.
    At home, I either pressure can, dehydrate or freeze my “hauls”. I have learned to be creative with my cooking and incorporate leftovers. I have learned to make my own laundry detergent and cleaning products. I have learned to cook with leftovers, learned to cook “creatively”, stretch or substitute ingredients. I also have an ever growing vegetable garden. 80% of my clothes come from the thrift store.
    Economic collapse? From my point of view, we’re already right in the middle of it!

  13. I still believe the worst is still to come and not too far away. Inflation is nothing compared to the hyperinflation that is still to come. people are starting to notice it and those that were living comfortable in the past are starting to talk about the inflation. We live in a period the every penny counts and spend your dollar wisely.

  14. another symptom of inflation not really discussed here is the substitution of lower quality raw materials in food production.

  15. I’m not sure if inflation is rampant in the US or not, but it might be interesting for you to know something about other western countries. I work in Norway, but I live in both Sweden and Norway. Here I have made a comparison to Norwegian prices:

    Gasoline: 8.52 USD/gallon (at 13.50 NOK/lt)
    Milk: 9.46 (at 15 NOK/lt)
    Butter: 4.50 (at 30 NOK/0.5kg)

    Maybe this makes you feel a bit better….

      1. In Finland:

        gas: 5.6 USD/gal
        milk 4.3 USD/gal
        butter 2 USD/lb

        The sanctions on Russia have created a situation where there’s a surplus of dairy products in the domestic market and the producers have been forced to lower their prices.

  16. I’m in the food business. Food cost are rising faster than people realize, stores are absorbing a lot of the increases not to loose the sale of the item. Beef prices have been rising 5 percent a month since january, yet I only raised prices 10 percent, I absorbed the other 10 percent not to loose business

    1. One of my friend hired by a food company in Nebraska after being laid off by the company. The company paid for his moving from NC. Only after a year and half he was laid off again. The company laid off hundreds of jobs, a section of the company at a time. Now he doesn’t know what to do.

  17. 1/2 and 1/2 pints went up $0.40 in the last 3-4 weeks, from $1.29 to $1.69, downstate ny. Really is pissing me off–thats the only dairy thing I like in my coffee. Meat is up too, every week, a couple cents more.

    1. Dave, I think you need to add in meat and toilet paper because those are the items that everyone has to have, and they are very expensive too.

  18. Hi, 3 of the 5 charts has a flat line…..

    You always talk about inflation but your charts doesnt look like it.

    The coffee chart shouldn’t go up instead of flat?? My coffee gets more and more expensive all the time.


  19. In my mind, there is no doubt that we will experience a deflationary depression which will result in an ensuing hyper-inflation. My reasons: The planet just went through @ $225 Trillion dollars of aggregate debt (personal, business and governmental) and yet only has $58 trillion of GDP. Bottom line, it can never be repaid. It will be repudiated and debt repudiation results in contraction of money supply and that results in falling prices. Bankers, (insiders in this game) know this and are unwilling to make loans because they know the value of their collateral will fall. Smart money also knows this, which is why they are hoarding cash and selling gold and silver. China (due to decades of the one baby policy) and Japan (sold more adult diapers than baby diapers last year) have declining populations so their economies are naturally contracting but they are trying to financially stimulate them into growth and creating asset bubbles everywhere in the process. The house of cards is made more precarious yet by the $1.5 quadrillion of derivatives (3 times the amount in 2008) which will wipe out all global assets when they come unraveled. Robotics are another source of unemployment and deflation as they will make prices cheaper. The greatest case for deflation in the US is wages. Currently 50% of all humans on Earth live on less than $2.50/day and 80% of all humans live on less than $10/day. The spoiled humans in the US have chosen not compete in the global labor market and finance their lifestyles with debt which in addition to being immoral is approaching insolvency. When the US can no longer borrow they will have to finance their lifestyles by competing in the global labor market and that means wages and asset prices will plummet contributing again to the deflationary depression.

    1. @GregDavis
      I would appreciate the source for $225 world’s aggregate debt.

      Furthermore, economists are predicting post financial meltdown future at opposite end of spectrum. Some are predicting hyperinflation if the governments imprudently decides to payoff their debts by printing money. This makes the original debt as well as money worthless. This will be similar to not paying the debts at all. Here all longterm assets as well as gold and silver will be king. In this situation I’d love to buy as much asset on leverage as possible, knowing that my assets value will skyrocket and my debt will stay the same (if I buy with fixed rate mortgage).
      Others are saying the governments will act more business like and go into sort of Chapter 11. They would want to negotiate their massive debt and perhaps pay 20-30 cents to the dollar. This would be massively deflationary as majority of world’s wealth will disappear overnight where as all the assets will still be intact. This will result in massive reduction in the value of those assets (very little money chasing those assets/goods). In this situation, Cash will be king and everything else goes down the drain.

      It is extremely frustrating how to prepare for the future.

  20. One other point (not sure if it’s just local to me) is that while prices are staying the same or increasing, the quality of the container itself is decreasing.

    A few months ago the milk in our stores (same brand, size, etc) started coming in these new gallon jugs…still plastic, but so thin and frail it’s almost like your holding onto the liquid itself. I’m sure they will say it’s for “environmental reasons” but I’m sure this lousy packaging is way cheaper than prior.

  21. One reason we haven’t seen as much inflation as expected is that we have over $15 trillion outside the US. As foreign central banks have been willing to buy our bonds, we’ve exported our inflation as they try and keep their currencies down. This is coming to an end as the Yuan swap exchange and the BRICS bank alternative dollar trading platforms gain momentum. Also, with the Shanghai gold exchange opening up in November, India changing gold taxes, and the Swiss voting to back their currency with gold, the paper manipulation will expose the lack of gold the US actually has, and or the make the re-hypothecation scheme implode. Add to all this the death of the Petro Dollar and rising debt from more wars, and we’ll have trillions of dollars coming back as everyone rushes to get of the dollar. At the same time this will cause a bond market collapse and a spike in interest rates. Stocks and real estate will drop like a rock and the Fed will try to implement another stimulus program. This time however, confidence in the dollar will be lost and it’ll make the dollar index plunge below 50. Japan and Europe will be in the same boat, although I see Europe having more riots than Japan. Dave is right, they’re going to start a war and blame everything on the boogie men.

  22. another example about icecream is that more air is whipped into it so get less for your
    money , I have noticed many things have gotten smaller , my juice went from 64oz to
    59oz , they are being very sneaky , but you will notice if paying attention.
    sugar was in 5lb bags now 4lb bags that is a huge inflation.
    Just one more thing , on the coverup/suppression front , LYME disease is affecting many more of us than we are being told and is not just spread by ticks , and the only reasonably reliable method of testing is DNA/PCR , the conventional elisa and western blot tests give more false negatives than anything , that is why they are being promoted, I know because it happened to me , look at the complete symptom list for yourself

  23. Remove milk.
    Many people have stopped drinking regular milk for health purposes. Switched to drinking other milk, like almond or soy.

  24. This is interesting.

    Some trends I had noticed with strong annoyance I have put together after reading this. Firstly, apples suddenly went down in quality. For a while they were gorgeous and all of a sudden they are a bit naff. The ones in the good quality bags are smaller. Good oranges have disappeared and the rest have grown smaller. Mango’s disappeared for a while and returned a lot crapper.

    I don’t think this can be explained by seasonal changes but I may be mistaken.

    I wonder if it’s both. Putting together abstract theories that may or may not be true. If deflation is happening because assets are collapsing on banks balance sheets (Max Keiser). If this is a purely currency based deflation. But various interconnecting factors such as the sudden reduction in property prices a few years back and a contracted economy have broken the food producers. Food producers are struggling and having to raise prices but consumers aren’t feeling it too much.

    If and when the market crashes. Which could happen as soon as April 9th since we have yet another deadline for Greece and the Eurozone. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen, although with any luck positive players against the cabal will ensure everything goes relatively smoothly as we (perhaps) shift to a new gold based currency.

  25. 4/16/2015

    I have read all the previous comments. I have to agree with most of them. My husband and I have stopped purchasing: large quantity items, name brands and sweets or “goodies”. The last bag of potatoes I bought turned black in about 3 days. I was annoyed and frustrated so I decided to stop buying them.

    Fresh fruits and veggies unfortunately don’t last long either and the individual veggies or fruits are more expensive and forget the organic.

    The normal cereal I buy (Rice squares) have gone down in ounces and up in price. The grocery store rarely has the coffee creamer we like or certain meats. I refuse to buy certain brands like Tyson so at certain stores it leaves me very little options.

    Gas in Northern Co has decreased to 2.29 a gallon which selfishly I think “yay” but I’ve overheard from many in line complain about the low prices as it puts them in risk of being laid off.

    I always tend to look at what other people are buying and its mostly cheap junk (Pop tarts, sugary cereal, frozen pizzas- frozen food in general- bakery items like day old donuts for 2.99). It’s horrible. It’s no wonder why we have an obese issue in America when it’s more affordable to get a McDouble or 1 day old chocolate donuts for a buck then it is to buy fresh fruit that isn’t going to rot away in a few days.

    Things need to change and I hope us as a community/society/nation can work together to help one another.

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  26. Being older than most in here – please allow me to tell you some prices when I was born:
    Loaf of bread, 10 cents.
    Gallon of gasoline, 15 cents.
    Average new home, 6,600 dollars.
    Minimum wage, 30 cents a n hour.
    An ounce of gold, 35 dollars.
    Of course I don’t remember these prices since it was when I was born (1943). However here are my real life stats:
    My first home cost $8,500. My first civilian job paid $2.12 and hour and with a ton of OT I managed to earn a little over 7K in a year.
    INFLATION is beneficial to just one group of human beings – THE GOVERNMENT! With the tax system which increases what you must pay on a exponential scale they benefit greatly. When your income doubles they tax burden increases at a far faster rate. That is especially true as you reach into the higher income brackets. So, when any politician claims they oppose inflation they are simply lying! No surprise there.

  27. Remember — in 1990, George H Bush, the Republicans & Dems passed a law that took out energy, food, & loan interest from the calculation of the inflation rate.

    Prior to this, Social Security Retirement increases ranged from 4 to 8%. Post-1990, increases ranged from >1% or 3%

    2017 inflation rate was about 2%, but the real rate was about 7.5%

    The government posts both the pre & post 1990 inflation rates each year

    This is not a Left or Right problem, it is a big business and billionaire problem that we must correct

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