May 29 AT 3:04 PM Dima Aryeh 19 Comments

OnePlus auctioning off OnePlus One invites for charity on eBay

OnePlus invites for a cause

The first OnePlus contest to win an invite to buy the OnePlus One for only a dollar is now over. Thankfully, 86 out of 100 winners have chosen to donate their phones to Medic Mobile instead of smash them, which is a huge improvement over the companies initial idea of 100 smashed phones. Now, the next phase of the hype train begins. OnePlus is auctioning off invites to buy the device full price.

It isn’t as bad as it seems. OnePlus will be selling a pack of 15 invites on eBay to the highest bidder, who can use one invite for themselves and give the rest away. These invites will allow a person to purchase the device full price. However, 100% of the profits of this auction will go to a charity of the buyer’s choice, with four charities already suggested by OnePlus.

I have to say, I’m pretty against the notion of buying the right to buy a phone that’s been available to sell for quite some time now. But since it’s going to charity, I can’t complain. However, I’ve personally lost interest in the OnePlus One simply because I can’t buy it yet and won’t be able to for quite a while. Honestly, I don’t much want it anymore. In my opinion, the company has taken hype building too far and is quickly becoming forgettable in the eyes of the public.

I’m sure there will be many people interested in going for this. If anything, it’s a good excuse to be charitable. Plus, people can band together to raise larger sums of money for those invites. But I’d like to know your thoughts on this. Do you think OnePlus marketing is doing well, or has the company gone too far and alienated some of its fanbase? Leave a comment!

Source: OnePlus

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Nigel

    “In my opinion, the company has taken hype building too far”

    Nodes violently in agreement.

    Supply+demand can be resolved by registering and told an expected delivery date, this hype complexity is a sign of someone who was drunk at the time.

    • ItemSherpa

      why not get hired to contribute with their social media campaign? http://oneplus.net/careers/com… they budget up to us$1700 for social media positions — just make sure they don’t cut too much into late fines… oh, and you’d have to rent something close to the office — calc about us$600 on that http://www.itemsherpa.com founder

  • kevin

    I think this company is a joke!!

  • Jeramie Myers

    I agree. I was really excited to get this phone, not anymore.

    You’re telling me I need to win a contest or a charity auction to be able to buy your precious phone at its full retail value? Yeah go fuck yourselves oneplus. I’ll be keeping my n5.

    • Nigel

      I’ve been on N4 for 18 months and I bought a N5 2 weeks ago, one reason was the OPO is a silly nonsense approach, they don’t give dates they give vague waffle and think its fun and expect my timein return for being a little bit ahead of a queue. N5 has known bugs and is stable now.

      I’ll wait for OPO revision 1 product when all the bugs ironed out.

      OPO wins on spec for price, but LG just wiped the floor with them showing can fit all that inside a OPO plus wireless charging plus removable battery plus SD slot in a smaller phone. Don’t expect OPO to match screen or camera as to be honest we’re at the density and clarity “good enough” level but they can be transparently honest on delivery schedule. If they said “go away no stock til July” that’s honest, but this thing they are doing now is jerking us around.

  • mark barlog

    Completely agree with you.”I’ve personally lost interest in the OnePlus One simply because I can’t buy it yet and won’t be able to for quite a while. Honestly, I don’t much want it anymore. In my opinion,the only thing keeping me hanging on is the price. If LG G3 is even $200 more I will go for that. I understand they OnePlus is a small startup with regards to inv management. However this has gone on long enough. By the time its available more powerful phones will be coming out….with somewhat firm dates.

  • BlazeHN

    This is absolutely ridiculous, wtf i mean its like they are making a fucking circus of jokes at our faces. was very excited about the OnePlusOne, now I kinda hate the company and even when available wont buy it, just wait for the Note4.

    If they dont have enough stock then just say it clear, delay the dates, sell the amounts you have and let the market do what they want with the limited amount around (resell, auctions, etc)..

    OnePlusOne people seemed to be cool realistic people from the consumer comunity side, now they are all clowns to me.

  • ALonso

    Same here. If they don’t quit their invite nonsense pretty soon I’ll be buying a different device!!

    • Mr FingerIII

      I am in their forum and they piss and moan about people being negative over this phone well guess what
      Pete Lau fucked it up himself I hope they go to shit they don’t deserve to even be in the game

    • Mr FingerIII

      @Alonso I am there everyday man you have a better chance at getting laid seriously

  • mickey4mice

    I was so looking forward to this phone but their gimmick marketing ploys are huge turnoff. I think even N4 launch fiasco is better than the way they’re handling it.

    Amp up your production level or lose potential customers, you can’t keep us on tip-toe forever. Not gonna play their games, will only buy once it goes on general sale, F the invite!

  • twatts723

    I 100% agree. I’m over 1+one… ..and on to lg g3 lol

  • Dregur

    The funny thing is, being in the US, I’m still waiting for the Sony Z2 to come out in the states, even unlocked.

  • josh martin

    I’ve started to get exhausted with this whole invite scheme they have. They had another invite contest that ended on the 24th of May and they still have not announced winners yet. We have to wait this the 6th. What is really disgusting I’d that in the “home” market of China customers can pre-order, while every other customer in the world is asked to jump through hoops to buy a phone. Even Apple doesn’t sink that low!

  • SubX

    They can stick their invites up their arse!
    This company is destine to fail.
    I hope not but if they keep on with the path they have taken, unfortunately I can’t see them surviving.

  • rAHUL

    I am also not going to take it now…..this is really ridiculous, very irritating……..

  • Lakshman

    Yup. They’ve taken this toooo far. And I was ready to buy 2. It has become annoying to wait for a damn phone. Might have made more sense to build some stock initially before launching it. “Sold out – in stock soon” seems to be a better than waiting around for invites from god knows where and whom. Hopefully the Nexus 6 will launch soon and blow the socks off this phone and One Plus might end up as history when people start buying what’s available rather than what might be available sometime in the prophesied future.

  • Friday

    Yeah, why the fuck do they use this “invite” and contests shit, like it’s some kind of shit that is so special and you have to be able to earn your right to give them YOUR money. Wankers.

  • Johncon68

    This circus they’ve created. They knew from the start. That if they treated it like a willy wonks affair with the golden tickets. It would cause a black market for invites. I find this a joke for a company who wanted to keep price at a minimum. Have now done the opposite there’s a couple on eBay for £1000 almost 4 times the price. and this is there doing. Why don’t they let people pre order with a deposit then give them people a rough date on shipping