Value Calculator Explained

Estimated values are based on the average cost of purchasing equivalent goods and services in the local retail market. 

Item or Service

Estimated Retail Value

Average Cost to ...

Hardcover Book

$25.00

Buy an adult hardcover at a local retail outlet

Paperback Book

$10.00

Buy an adult paperback at a local retail outlet

Children's Book

$15.00

Buy a children's hardcover at a local retail outlet

Audio Books Borrowed

$20.00

Buy an audio book at a local retail outlet

Music on CD

$15.00

Buy a music CD at a local retail outlet (various genres)

Movies Purchased

$15.00

Buy a popular movie on DVD at a local retail outlet

Magazine Purchased

$8.00

Buy an issue of a popular magazine at a local retail outlet

Newspaper Purchased

$1.00

Buy a single issue of a newspaper at a local retail outlet

Computer or Wireless Use per hour

$6.00

Access a computer for one hour at a local Internet Cafe

Databases Searched
or Articles Read Online

$2.50

Subscribe to Consumer Reports Online

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