2022 Ecommerce Consumer Price Index – Amazon

Pattern Data Science

September 1, 2023

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To understand and find pricing patterns in 2022, we analyzed the price of the most popular products in every category on Amazon during every day of the 2022 calendar year, including the cell phones & accessories category. The result is a comprehensive look at how the prices of cell phones & accessories vary over the course of a typical year following the pandemic.

Key Takeaways

  • Compared to other categories, cell phones and accessories rank 2nd most expensive.
  • Cell phones and accessories have a 33% price spread throughout the year, reaching an average peak price of $263 and an average low price of $176.
  • The ideal time for consumers to purchase cell phone and accessories from Amazon is during the winter holiday season.

How does the price of cell phones and accessories on Amazon vary throughout the year?

  • Price spread: ↕ 33%
  • Most affordable day: Dec. 4
  • Least affordable day: Jan. 4
  • Most affordable quarter: Q4
  • Least affordable quarter: Q1

Which months are best for buying cell phones and accessories on Amazon?

Over a typical year, prices for cell phones and accessories are on a consistent decline. This is unlike other categories that tend to vary based on holidays and other events.

What are the top 5 days for buying cell phones and accessories on Amazon?

According to our data, prices drop consistently throughout the later half of the year for cell phones and accessories, starting in July. December, therefore, holds the top 5 days to purchase cell phones and accessories on Amazon.

  • No. 1: Dec. 4
  • No. 2: Dec. 26
  • No. 3: Dec. 16
  • No. 4: Dec. 20
  • No. 5: Dec. 25

What are the bottom 5 days for buying cell phones and accessories on Amazon?

All 5 of the highest priced days for cell phones and accessories fall in January. Prices increase up to 16% compared to the average price for the rest of the year.

  • No. 1: Jan. 4
  • No. 2: Jan. 16
  • No. 3: Jan. 14
  • No. 4: Jan. 7
  • No. 5: Jan. 20

How does the price of cell phones and accessories change during holidays?

Prices for cell phones and accessories have shown to typically decline near the end of the year, specifically around the holiday season.

How is inflation impacting prices on Amazon so far in 2023?

2023 pricing data for cell phones & accessories on Amazon have changed significantly compared to 2022 data, showing the category started the year far less expensive than the year prior.

Methodology

Pattern analyzed the prices of more than 714,000 of the most popular products in every category in the U.S. Amazon marketplace for all 365 days of the 2022 calendar year. Products only qualified for the index if they were one of the three most popular products in their category during the year. Percent change in product price represents the variability of the price of each product each day of the year against its average price for that same year.

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