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The good ol’ days were always better. Life was simpler, roads were clearer and, most of all, things were cheaper. Right?
Kind of. The good ol’ days had their moments, but not everything was better — or cheaper.
Some things actually have dropped in price over the years.
The reasons are varied. Some products are easier or cheaper to manufacture. Others face competition, which drives down prices. Or a technology changes the business model, as with streaming video, for example.
If it seems prices are just rising too fast and too high, here are some happy exceptions.