Pictured here is inflation. On the left, this year’s $19.99 charcoal grill. On the right, last year’s $19.99 charcoal grill.
Not pictured is the grill I bought in 2009 for the same price at the same store…it was bigger and nicer than the red one. (It had thicker metal, nicer legs, and a shelf type grilling rack.)
The stores are attempting to trick us into believing that prices aren’t rising rapidly by keeping the same price-points available. It’s happening slowly, over time, that the product is becoming inferior to it’s past self.