What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

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What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by Tawmis » Fri May 15, 2020 6:29 pm

This one's not as cool because it doesn't actually even say King's Quest on it. But this was my receipt from KQ6.
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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by Tawmis » Fri May 15, 2020 6:38 pm

So I had a discussion with my wife around this.

Games in 1992 were costing 50-57 (or in this case, 62 dollars).

So I did some digging. Looked at something that's spiked in cost since 1992. Gas.
1992 - Jan 1992 - $1.10 - Average for the year - $1.24

So let's just go with the Average of $1.25

So 2020 has just begun. So let's take a step back to 2019.
2019 - Jan 2019 - 3.23 Average - 3.94

This is a difference of $2.69

Today, games (normal, no special package) still average around 50 to 60 dollars. (Gears of War Tactics, for example: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/gears- ... aseoptions)

So, on Average - if I am doing my math right, I actually paid about "161 dollars" (Average Dollar worth * cost of KQ6) for King's Quest 6. :D

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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by goatmeal » Fri May 15, 2020 9:03 pm

Looks like you purchased something else unrelated to KQ6 along with the game (which was the $49.99 -- don't think you got KQ6 for $7.95 at that time ;) ).

So, on its own with the 7.75% state sales tax (+$3.87), the total cost of KQ6 was $53.86.

Using a single commodity -- especially a somewhat 'volatile' one like the price of gasoline -- is probably not a good indicator as to inflation. Instead, use the West Egg Inflation Calculator, which is based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index:

https://westegg.com/inflation/

Amt of Money: $53.86
Initial Year: 1992 (year purchased)
Final Year: 2019 (closest year to current)

...which would be $99.39 in 2019 dollars. 8-)

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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by Tawmis » Sat May 16, 2020 2:24 am

goatmeal wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 9:03 pm
Looks like you purchased something else unrelated to KQ6 along with the game (which was the $49.99 -- don't think you got KQ6 for $7.95 at that time ;) ).
So, on its own with the 7.75% state sales tax (+$3.87), the total cost of KQ6 was $53.86.
Using a single commodity -- especially a somewhat 'volatile' one like the price of gasoline -- is probably not a good indicator as to inflation. Instead, use the West Egg Inflation Calculator, which is based on the U.S. Consumer Price Index:
https://westegg.com/inflation/
Amt of Money: $53.86
Initial Year: 1992 (year purchased)
Final Year: 2019 (closest year to current)
...which would be $99.39 in 2019 dollars. 8-)
Oh! You're right! I think that's the Hint Book, maybe? Because that was also in my box. I would buy Sierra hint books not because to use them as a hint book - for my first run - but a second run to get full points (see what I missed) and sometimes they had cool tidbits in them. So I bet that's what that is.

And as for gasoline, I did that because I'd use the "average" of how much gas cost in a given year. Thought that would be a fair amount since it'd go up and down - and we'd use an average. I couldn't think of anything else where it'd be easy to google the cost. I hadn't thought of actually looking up an inflation site that would do the magic.

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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by Collector » Sat May 16, 2020 4:25 am

Because the price of gas is so volatile it is not factored into inflation rates.
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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by notbobsmith » Sun May 17, 2020 2:47 pm

I don't have any Sierra receipts, but I still have the receipt for F-15 Strike Eagle from MicroProse (which I guess is making a comeback) from Radio Shack. One of the big ones they used that took almost a whole sheet of paper even if all you did was buy some batteries. $34.95 in December 1987. That's still about the price for some new games now.

I also read a while ago an article on console prices. Adjusted for inflation, some of the earlier consoles were starting to approach $1000 adjusting for inflation.

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Re: What's this? A piece of paper on the Cliffs of Logic?

Post by Tawmis » Sun May 17, 2020 4:23 pm

notbobsmith wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 2:47 pm
I don't have any Sierra receipts, but I still have the receipt for F-15 Strike Eagle from MicroProse (which I guess is making a comeback) from Radio Shack. One of the big ones they used that took almost a whole sheet of paper even if all you did was buy some batteries. $34.95 in December 1987. That's still about the price for some new games now.

I also read a while ago an article on console prices. Adjusted for inflation, some of the earlier consoles were starting to approach $1000 adjusting for inflation.
I think I kept a lot of my Sierra receipts because I'd do that thing of "Registering" the game with Sierra (sending in the card that was in the box) - so I'd photocopy back in the day and send that and keep the original in case something came up.

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