I don’t remember what the average price for a 14″ laptop was back in 2000. But would you believe that a standard 34″ tube TV was selling for $400? Now, whenever you walk into any store, it’s hard to feel like you’re not a cheapo unless you fork out at least $700 for a similar size LCD. Sure, it’s flatter and it’s HD — it’s way better. But what’s considered standard technology now is almost double what it was a decade ago. And, more realistically, since 42″ — which is over $1200 — is the new standard we’re now paying three times as much for a television as we used to. I don’t know why I found this blog-worthy.