OnePlus is auctioning 100 OnePlus 2 invites, all proceedings will go to UNICEF

OnePlus is auctioning 100 OnePlus 2 invites, all proceedings will go to UNICEF
If you find it hard to get a OnePlus 2 invite, OnePlus is currently allowing interested customers to bid for no less than 100 invites on eBay. Of course, invites are normally free, so OnePlus will be donating all proceedings from the auction to UNICEF's Tap Project, which aims to provide children in disadvantaged regions around the world with access to sanitary water ($1 is enough for a child to have access to water for 40 days).

The auction will be open until August 9, and you can choose to bid for any of the 100 invites that OnePlus is offering (see more details at the source links below). Right now, bids start from as low as $41, and go up to $1,000.

OnePlus decided to host this auction because it sees plenty of users selling invites via various forums. Thus, it advises fans who are willing to buy invites to bid for those made available via eBay - this way, the money goes to UNICEF, not to random guys who happen to own invites.

Unlike the regular OnePlus 2 invites, the ones auctioned via eBay can be claimed in up to 1 week, and you have 1 month to use them to purchase a smartphone. All the invites are for the OnePlus 2 64 GB Sandstone Black , which costs $389. So, is anyone here planning to bid?

sources: eBay, OnePlus

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1. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

The new low! How about auctioning off some phones and donating the proceed to the charity? Donating invites is just absurd. What's funny is that this won't cost them anything out of their pocket and they will have their name on the donation. And get some of it back on tax write-off. Genious!

10. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

Why does that matter that it's their name on it ? Isn't it the important fact that "you've" donated ?

11. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Ok, would you give me some money to donate to a charity? I will make the donation and put my name as a donor.

15. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

the sherpa is actually correct, but i don't think he knows just how crooked this deal is. often times, when you see a "charity" thing like this in the media, only about 40% of the "donations" will make it to the cause. if you google charity scandals, there is literally endless ammounts of links that reflect even worse statistics than this, so i won't bother sourceing a specific article. basically, the best way to donate, is by offering goods or services. any charity that asks for a dollar ammount is going to pocket at least 60% of whatever you give them.

2. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

This is a slap to the face of consumers. Shame on you OnePlus.

3. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I wonder how many think they will get a phone and not just an invite.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, UNICEF is a worthy cause. I actually have no issue with it.

5. bloopsound

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Man, how dare they only donate invites instead of actual product! You know, being a start-up that sells very affordable products they obviously have no need for money or to be profitable in any sense... They should just be slaves for consumers that have no objective other than making phones for no profit.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Well said bro, they must be outta their sick minds to aid a good cause. Tsk

7. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

I don't think most are bothered that they are finding the money, that's a good cause. However, they are not giving anything themselves, but they get tax reduction and all credit.

9. bloopsound

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

I understand the point... but let's be completely honest on how much of a break they get on this donation... How much do you think they rope in that this will do anything substantial on their bottom line (keep in mind this company is based in China)? Why don't we criticize the people selling their invites or reselling the phone for their own profit? I do not own a OnePlus nor care for the company or invite system, but the logic behind the criticism of this cause is very flawed. A growing company is smart enough to understand where to allocate savings/deductions. In the end the consumer has much more to gain from their savings when they invest in R&D and growth.

8. alias3800

Posts: 61; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I feel like they should be sending money of their own accord - i.e. $1 for every invite snagged or something. I don't know, but this feels like, it just feels like.. they're sh1tting on my eyes. Very much so.

12. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

The OnePlus Bulls##t continues.....

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Haters gonna hate, even it's charity if it's held by Google I bet all the worsheeppers in phonearena gonna praise Google kindness and kiss droid butt and call it a donation.

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not a fan of OnePlus, but I've expressed that this promotion is a good one. Anything to help an organization that benefits children living in poverty is a noble cause, more businesses need to have promotions like this. Even if they benefit from it, so does someone who's suffering and that should be reason enough.

16. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Because they are the only company, which manufactures phones. People are going to buy other devices that doesn't requires the potential buyer to jump through hoops.

17. frankg

Posts: 173; Member since: May 14, 2014

Hello My good friend called....invite......

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