value of dollar
maybe its also the declining value of the dollar? its fun to blame business for any price hike but i notice lately that much of the stuff i buy from China isn't that cheap anymore either. and cost of food going up, etc. wash dc has been printing money like crazy since 2008 iirc and its got to show up as inflation some time.
p.s. - just wait until the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency - thats gonna be big time pain.