OnePlus One invites go up for sale… sort of

Say you want to get your hands on the new OnePlus One: what are your options? Well, you’re going to need an invitation before you get a chance to purchase this guy. We’ve already seen OnePlus talk about distributing invites to its loyal forum members, and learned about contests it’s begun running in order to award invites as prizes. That all seems like a lot of uncertainty, though; can’t you just pay for an invite? As it turns out, yes you can, and officially no less, but not without a few catches.

OnePlus has announced its intention to auction-off a pack of 15 One invites. We haven’t seen the auction go live yet, but OnePlus says that it will be coming to eBay and that 100% of the proceeds stemming from it will go to charity – right now the company’s running a poll to determine just which charity will get the cash.

But why 15 invites? Won’t most users only be interested in one? Absolutely, and OnePlus encourages like-minded shoppers to band together and pool their resources in the hopes of making a winning bid – then they can distribute the invites among themselves however they choose, or even give away the ones they don’t need.

We imagine the charity angle will help keep the price high, so this probably isn’t the most economical way to get your hands on a OnePlus One invite, but if you’ve got the means, it’s worth a stab, and you can feel good about helping a worthy cause at the same time.

Source: OnePlus
Via: Phandroid

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