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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Cost of package in 1959

    Around 10 at the time, bees were everywhere, always got stung walking in the clover. Didn't buy a package until 2015 $93.00
    Zone 6b: 27 hives in Maryland, Carniolan, Italian mix mutts: Still learning - started bees spring of 2014.

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    Default Re: Cost of package in 1959

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    And the answer is:
    $5.10 for the bees and $1.10 for the shipping. And I got a .15 refund since I somehow sent them too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfgreenwell View Post
    My first package in 1966 cost $8.00 ppd to my door via us postal service. I would guess about $6.00 in '59 ?
    It appears we have a winner! Let see what the prize is. Hmm. Bragging rights for a day. Not bad.

    Coming in at a very close second is Bushpilot, who because he was a whole penny away, gets um, nothing.

    This was fun.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    It appears we have a winner! Let see what the prize is. Hmm. Bragging rights for a day. Not bad.

    Coming in at a very close second is Bushpilot, who because he was a whole penny away, gets um, nothing.

    This was fun.
    Do I get honorable mention for my $6.50 guess?
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim lyon View Post
    Do I get honorable mention for my $6.50 guess?
    Sorry, according to price is right rules, all of us that were over are out. $6.50 was a good guess though, better than my $7. Now, you do at least have the satisfaction of knowing you were only $.30 off the mark. I think in horseshoes that would be a leaner.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Cost of package in 1959

    I'm a bit late, but I'll guess about $6.20 delivered.

  8. #27
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    Thanks for playing along, everyone.
    I’ll try not to wait four years for my next post.

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    Default Re: Cost of package in 1959

    This was a fun thread to read- I am sorry I missed out on the guesses.

    That said, I was curious what this 2# package 'should' cost today if we assume the actual rate of inflation in the US from 1959 to today.

    Looking at a couple calculators employing the Consumer Price Index, it looks like $6.20 in 1959 is worth between $50 - $60 in 2019.

    https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

    https://westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi

    Interesting to think about how much more valuable 2# packages are today than in 1959...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfrysinger View Post
    Cleaning out the attic I found the receipt for my first package of bees. 3/26/1959 from A. I. Root.
    2 pound package with a queen and shipping. Want to guess what the total was? A bit less than now.
    My first package was a 5-pounder in about 1962. My 4-H club leader suggested 5 pounds because I got started late in the year -- August. I think I paid $5-7 post-paid.

    Those were the days when a $1.25 candy bar cost a nickle and gasoline sold for $0.15 per gallon (complete with tetraethyl lead).
    A cold bee smoker is bad for the soul.

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    Default Re: Cost of package in 1959

    Quote Originally Posted by Litsinger View Post
    This was a fun thread to read- I am sorry I missed out on the guesses.

    That said, I was curious what this 2# package 'should' cost today if we assume the actual rate of inflation in the US from 1959 to today.

    Looking at a couple calculators employing the Consumer Price Index, it looks like $6.20 in 1959 is worth between $50 - $60 in 2019.

    https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

    https://westegg.com/inflation/infl.cgi

    Interesting to think about how much more valuable 2# packages are today than in 1959...

    Spot Silver Price $17.44 x .715= $12.47 x $6.20 = $77.31
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds" Albert Einstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Ives View Post
    Spot Silver Price $17.44 x .715= $12.47 x $6.20 = $77.31
    The inflation (minus shipping) actually is not to far off. A 3 lb package is about 130 around here if you pick it up, so a 2 lb package would be about 100 (assume 30 for the queen and 33/lb of bees)

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