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What was the average price of a color television set in the United States during the 1960s?

A 25-inch console color TV cost around $300 in 1968, equivalent to $2000 in 2016 dollars.

The first RCA color TV, released in 1954, cost $1,000, equivalent to approximately $10,000 today.

By the mid-1960s, prices for color TV sets decreased, and a 1967 Magnavox TV cost $349.50.

A 1965 Magnavox TV ranged from around $100 to $399.90.

The first color TVs had a 15-inch screen, like the RCA CT100 and Admiral C1617A, released in 1953.

In 1959, only 3.5% of American households owned a color TV set.

By 1964, only 31% of television households in the US had a color set.

The big three TV networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) made a concerted effort to increase the amount of color programming in the mid-1960s.

Color TVs experienced an average inflation rate of 7.16% per year between 1960 and 2024.

A 1970 console TV lasting for 10 years would cost approximately $660 a year in today's money.

By 1979, even the last of the TV networks had converted to color transmission, and by the early 1980s, black-and-white sets were mostly phased out.

In the 1960s, color TV sets were considered a luxury item, and owning one was a status symbol.

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