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 office products category. The result is a comprehensive look at how the prices of office products vary over the course of a typical year following the pandemic.

Key Takeaways

  • Avoid making office product purchases around the holidays. The top 5 most expensive days fall around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Consumers should look to purchase office products in Q3, when prices can decrease by up to 6%.
  • Prices for office products have a large spike near the end of the year.

How does the price of office products on Amazon vary throughout the year?

  • Price spread: ↕ 21%
  • Most affordable day: Aug. 21
  • Least affordable day: Nov. 24
  • Most affordable quarter: Q3
  • Least affordable quarter: Q1

Which months are best for buying office products on Amazon?

Office products are consistently above the average price for the year for the first half of the year. When June hits, consumers can expect retailers to begin lowering the prices, especially in August when prices decrease to under 5% of the average price for the year of the year.

What are the top 5 days for buying office products on Amazon?

It is best for consumers to shop for office products on Amazon near the end of the year. The top 5 most affordable days fall within this time.

  • No. 1: Aug. 21
  • No. 2: Dec. 18
  • No. 3: Jul. 31
  • No. 4: Dec. 11
  • No. 5: Aug. 14

What are the bottom 5 days for buying office products on Amazon?

The 5 most expensive days to purchase products in this category fell near or on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • No. 1: Nov. 24
  • No. 2: Nov. 25
  • No. 3: Nov. 23
  • No. 4: Dec. 23
  • No. 5: Dec. 24

How does the price of office products change during holidays?

Office products consistently increase around almost all holidays, excluding Prime Day, Labor Day and Cyber Monday.

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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