We are going to have a lot of gear talk on these forums. Done deal. And gear changes over time, so we might get some information rot. I wonder how we will handle that information rot, especially with the most variable piece of information: gear prices. I myself have answered gear questions where I gave the prices for things.

But should we be giving prices for things at all?

Prices vary a lot by city and country. And even if I chose the Amazon.com price, that will change in a year or two.

On the other hand, even if the exact numbers for a price changes, perhaps the general scale of costs is useful. Or perhaps it is only useful if we just show the difference in prices between competing projects.

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Prices like this tend to go hand in hand for shopping questions, which are frowned upon in most scenarios - so I don't see this being a huge issue.

Where prices are mentioned, it tends to be much more vague - under $100, "budget", "willing to pay for quality", and so on. Despite being less specific I think these are actually much more useful, because they don't tend to rot over time and, like you say, give good comparisons.

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    Yes, you don't necessarily want to establish an all-out moratorium on mentioning prices, but specific pricing information should not be the focus of the post... but discussing value can sometimes provide important context. Commented Feb 7, 2013 at 16:20

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