OnePlus Auctioning Invites For Charity


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Want to donate some money for a good cause, get a OnePlus One and have fourteen friends that want a OnePlus One? Well, OnePlus might just have the promotion for your extremely specific needs.

OnePlus is auctioning off a set of fifteen OnePlus One invites, with 100 % of the proceeds going to one of four pre selected charities. Even with the charity connection it feels a bit weird asking for money to let someone buy a phone. But ultimately, it is nevertheless a way to raise money for a good cause and there are always techies with too much money.

Charity seems to be OnePlus’ new strategy when it comes to building hype in a more media friendly way. After their Smash the Past promotion got some negative headlines, they decided to allow the participants to donate their phones instead, something 86 % of the participants did instead of smashing their old phones.

The four charities up for the proceeds from the auction are Water.org, Unicef, the World Wildlife Foundation and 1% for the Planet. At press time, Water.org and Unicef are running neck and neck, with Water.org currently holding a slight advantage.

It is a bit curious that OnePlus also lump the invites into one auction. It seems like it would be more effective to spread them out, as well as preventing the winner from trying to sell off invites himself. I certainly don’t have fourteen friends in real life who know what a OnePlus One is much less want to actively spend money on it. I suspect many people will feel the same way.

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The auction hasn’t been listed at press time, but we will be sure to keep an eye out for it.

Meanwhile, actual OnePlus One phones can be found on the auction site.

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8 Comments

  1. desponent
    May 31, 2014

    “It is a bit curious that OnePlus also lump the invites into one auction.
    It seems like it would be more effective to spread them out, as well as
    preventing the winner from trying to sell off invites himself. I
    certainly don’t have fourteen friends in real life who know what a
    OnePlus One is much less want to actively spend money on it. I suspect
    many people will feel the same way.”

    I think this is the point of their “charity”, make people who got suckered into this some sort of their pseudo-dealer.

    • bobo
      June 1, 2014

      I don’t even have up to five friends.

      Not interested anymore. I thought I could replace my Nexus 4 with it, but I was badly mistaken.

      • Frank Wu
        June 1, 2014

        Think they are smart to think of such scheme to attract attention but I consider this dumb and stupid. Where do they get these brainless executives from!! Jesus!

  2. Yury
    May 31, 2014

    oh my lord

  3. Mahogany
    May 31, 2014

    this company is not serious.

  4. realjjj
    June 1, 2014

    This BS marketing might work for the first 5 minutes but continuously screwing with your customers gets really annoying really fast. This device is vaporware at this point, they made a few of them and trying to build a brand with next to no cost.They either start selling it in reasonable volumes or they can go forth and multiply .

  5. highwind
    June 1, 2014

    pathetic

  6. hed190
    June 2, 2014

    i’m getting tired of this invites sistem’s, i want the f** phone!