You just have to look at the Dollar Store to realize how far inflation has gone.  The Five And Ten Cent Store was a new idea decades ago.  I really do not know how old that chain was but now the Dollar Store has replaced that chain.  Everything a dollar can buy.  It actually cost more than a cent for the Mint to produce a cent.  Eliminate the sales tax and the cent goes.  The Dollar Store chains tells me how much prices have gone up.  Now it is a dollar not five or ten cents that products often cost.