Shopping in 1975

Don Boudreaux goes shopping in a 1975 Sears catalog.

Sears’ lowest-priced 10-inch table saw: 52.35 hours of work
required in 1975; 7.34 hours of work required in 2006.

Sears’ lowest-priced gasoline-powered lawn mower: 13.14 hours
of work required in 1975 (to buy a lawn-mower that cuts a 20-inch swathe); 8.56
hours of work required in 2006 (to buy a lawn-mower that cuts a 22-inch swathe.
Sears no longer sells a power mower that cuts a swathe smaller than 22
inches.)

Sears Best freezer: 79 hours of work required in 1975 (to buy
a freezer with 22.3 cubic feet of storage capacity); 39.77 hours of work
required in 2006 (to buy a freezer with 24.9 cubic feet of storage capacity;
this size freezer is closest size available today to that of Sears Best in
1975.)

Sears Best side-by-side fridge-freezer: 139.62 hours of work
required in 1975 (to buy a fridge with 22.1 cubic feet of storage capacity);
79.56 hours of work required in 2006 (to buy a comparable fridge with 22.0 cubic
feet of storage capacity.)

Sears’ lowest-priced answering machine: 20.43 hours of work
required in 1975; 1.1 hours of work required in 2006…

In an earlier post Don writes:

Other than the style differences, the fact most noticeable from the contents of
this catalog’s 1,491 pages is what the catalog doesn’t contain.  The Sears customer in 1975 found no CD players for either home or car; no DVD or
VHS players; no cell phones; no televisions with remote controls or
flat-screens; no personal computers or video games; no food processors; no
digital cameras or camcorders; no spandex clothing; no down comforters (only
comforters filled with polyester).

The past is another country.  I once lived there but have no desire to return.