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There Aren’t Enough Laptops, and That Could Spell Doom for Many Students

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If your child’s school is lucky enough to have the funding, they probably have enough laptops to give one to every student as long as remote learning is the new normal. If not, you might have had one hell of a time trying to find a Chromebook for your child back in March, or are still trying to get them their own laptop for schoolwork. According to Axios, there’s been a massive surge in demand in the U.S. for laptops, since the pandemic forced many people to work from home, and many students to attend class remotely. Now, months later and with students headed back to school there still aren’t enough laptops to go around.

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Stephen Baker, a consumer tech analyst with The NPD Group, told Axios that “sales have been up 20%-40% every single week,” since March 2020, and there’s no sign of a slowdown.

Manufacturing efforts in China haven’t been able to keep up, either. The country just began to re-open its manufacturing plants after both a holiday and pandemic-related shut down in March 2020, so supply chain shortages are also affecting laptop components like displays and processors, which further delays how many laptops can be built.

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Acer is one of the top-selling budget laptop brands in the U.S. and Acer America’s president Gregg Prendergast told Axios that there was nowhere near enough Chromebooks to satisfy the schools’ demands before students return to school in the fall—and many schools have already started the semester with 100% online instruction. Prendergast said Acer has been using air freight in some circumstances due to delays at ports, which saves three weeks, but it also costs companies more to ship via air than sea. It could be months before there are enough laptops—particularly Chromebooks which many school districts favor because they are cheap—to fulfill demand.

Put simply, this could put many students who weren’t already able to get a Chromebook or another laptop to use for remote learning at an extreme disadvantage: Academically falling behind their peers because they are unable to access lessons and class materials. This particularly affects at-risk students, like youth in foster care. More than 80% of students in foster care do not own a computer and typically rely on their school, family, friends, or non-profits like John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY), Human I-T, and TechSoup for access to one. Those non-profits are also feeling the laptop shortage, which means they can’t supply as many students with one as they would like.

Additionally, some school districts are more hesitant to loan laptops to at-risk students because of the systemic belief that they are more likely to damage or lose that laptop—which also disproportionately affects Black and Latinx students further.

A 2018 U.S. Census report showed 12.7 million households lacked a desktop or laptop computer in 2016, and noted that “households with a Black householder were the least likely to own or use a desktop or laptop, own or use a tablet, or to have a broadband subscription.” Addressing this shortage isn’t going to happen before the fall semester starts, unfortunately—and that’s on top of students who don’t already have reliable internet access.

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What this means is that as companies struggle to get enough supply to meet the increased demand the already striking education gap in this country will continue to grow.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
Black Wireless Charger Lamp | $20 | Amazon | Promo code ABC88699

When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

This lamp can be yours in white for $18 if you clip the coupon on Amazon (it’s below the original $40 price) and add promo code ABC88699 at checkout.

You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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