OnePlus is auctioning 100 OnePlus 2 invites, all proceedings will go to UNICEF
posted by Florin T. / Aug 05, 2015, 12:50 PM
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
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!
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 1:18 PM 7
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 ?
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 4:15 PM 1
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 6:15 PM 0
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 1:43 PM 5
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 2:16 PM 0
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 3:40 PM 0
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 3:06 PM 0
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 5:56 PM 2
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.
posted on Aug 05, 2015, 6:02 PM 0
Send a warning to post author
Send a warning to Selected user.
The user has 0 warnings currently.
Next warning will result in ban!
Ban user and delete all posts
Message to PhoneArena moderator (optional):