Halo 2 headset price cut for charity

Plantronics' duo of over-ear communication devices receives price slashing; a portion of each sale goes to Hurricane Katrina relief fund.

Plantronics is inviting Halo 2 players to adopt its version of the Xbox Live headset with a couple of incentives: a cheaper price and the chance to give to charity. The communications-device manufacturer has announced it has cut the prices of its Halo 2-branded Xbox headsets on its Web store and it will donate a small portion of the sales to a United Way charity.

The GameCom Halo 2 edition, which normally runs for about $50, now costs $14.95. The Halo 2C version (ordinarily $60) also includes a communicator memory-card adapter and costs $19.95. According to Plantronics, the headsets work on both the original Xbox and Xbox 360, but their volume and mute controls do not work with the 360.

For each headset sold, Plantronics will give $1 to the United Way's fund for victims of last year's Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the Gulf Coast region of the United States.

Halo 2 has been used in the past to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Shortly after the natural disaster, the franchise's developer, Bungie Studios, sold Katrina-themed Halo 2 T-shirts. The shirts featured the text "Fight the Flood!" and a drawing of Master Chief kicking a Flood, which is an enemy in Halo. The company said it donated to the Red Cross the revenue from its Web store during September 2005 and all the money generated by the "Fight the Flood!" shirts, which sold for $19.95 each.

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Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

Is this 360 compatible??? If it is I wanna get one!!

ant13
ant13

NICE headset for a good cause

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

good, people in new orleans really need it

Rumstocker
Rumstocker

anyone used one of these on 360??? How does it work???

Greatwasabi
Greatwasabi

And Shasam or whatever, selling one to every 360 owner would be over 2.6 million dollars given to Katrina. Do you know how much that helps? Alot of charities are giving 50 to 100 thousand dollars, 2.6 million is alot of money.

Greatwasabi
Greatwasabi

Dude, a dollar per headset is not bad. I guarantee you they are already losing money on these headsets with a 35 dollar price drop so they aren't being greedy, and they've probably sold tens of thousands of headsets already so that's alot of money going to Katrina. So stop being total morons. And whoever says Katrina victims don't need money are idiots. They lost homes, cars, jobs, money, family, everything. So shut the hell up.

shasam712
shasam712

Well, even if they sold one of these to every 360 owner, the money that they would make for charity would be just a tiny drop in the ocean. Just $1!?!?! Also, the fact that they have dropped the price by $35 shows how much profit they have already made on it, and this could possible just be the stock clearout of leftover headsets.

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

The fact that they can knock off this product from $50 to $15 shows just how much profit these companies make on thier crappy merchendise. And out of that only $1 goes to charity. The rest goes to the big corporation's pockets. Tricking people into thinking that all of thier money is going to a good cause when only 6-7% is going to charity and the rest sits in the company's coffers sickens me. I give money to charity very often myself and I'd rather give the full $50 to charity than pay some company a knocked off price and only 6-7% of which goes to charity.

Dinghy_Dog
Dinghy_Dog

i think Katrina got enough free money. free money that they didn't freakin deserve.

rynmls
rynmls

good thinking...

bulldog7
bulldog7

i bought this headset, it's pretty good. but not all that amazing

greystone227
greystone227

It's actually not that late. The workers down there still need money to put up the levees in order to prepare for the hurricane season that's coming up. However, I do think it's kind of ridiculous that they're only donating a dollar of the proceeds. I mean, if you're going to donate, make it like 50% of the profits, at least.

blackwing837
blackwing837

It seems to me that they are jumping on the Katrina Releif fund bandwagon a little too late. If they really cared they would have donated directly like major corporations did and not try to sell off cheaply made knock off products.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

Hurricane intensity in the gulf coast is directly influenced by the global temperature, guess what people its only going to get worse in the future so how about instead of everyone paying these folks to get wiped out every year or two we give them the money to NOT live below sea level. how much does that cost? anyone else with me on this?!?

deedeedee69
deedeedee69

its about damn time katrina was almost a year ago

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

This is all nice and touchy feely but, hey, I bet you Plantronics is still making some sort of profit on each sale. Makes you wonder how much the consumer and the Chinese workers who put these things together gets ripped off per unit!

Jerrymiru
Jerrymiru

Well, I don't really care to hear what most XBL players have to say anyway given that most of it is garbage, so I woulldn't be buying this thing. I'd rather (And did I might add.) donate direct. Plus more than a dollar. However, I can't knock them though. Every little bit helps. Good idea, although late...

Paceydre
Paceydre

I found this headset more comfortable than the standard one....only the sound is bad because you can barely hear the person talking to you. It's got Halo 2 on it, if thats worth your money you should buy it. If you want a good headset, skip this one!

phSychO_AtDawn
phSychO_AtDawn

thta headset sucks and its uncomfortable and if you want to spend 15 bucks for charity go ahead i advise you though your ear is going to hurt if you play for hours with that thing on.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

K1llswitch: I don't think Plantronics is owned by Gates or MS so you need to get your facts strait. Also I don't think Bill Gates spends his time finding ways to make people like him. Besides the headset is great. My housemate loves his and has never had any problems. I've never heard anyone say the headset was cheap. Where are you getting your information? You may have let your anger at Gates cloud your judgement because you sound like a stupid fanboy.

K1LLSWITCH
K1LLSWITCH

Nawras "If I wanted to give money to charity I wouldn't do it by buying a ridiculous headset. I'd just go there and donate." Exactly. But Bill Gates, again, is trying to make himself out to be a good guy. So he sets up this huge advertisement for the headset and caps it all off with this mention that some proceeds of the headset will go to charity. Meanwhile, everyone eats it up thinking that it's a great idea and they buy it. It's a cheap headset that will break over the weekend. But since it has Halo plastered all over it, it will sell.

winnazdaluza
winnazdaluza

why are people acting silly by playing this down ??? The truth is 90 percent wont give to charity and this is propably the closest to supporting a charity they'll get and yet their like I'd rather give money directly to the charity. First off get this straight this is BUNGIES way of giving to katrina !!!! NOT yours therefore do you wanna support them and katrina or NOT??? so people should stop with the stupid comments like "I don't care " or "I can give to charity myself "

nintendofan226
nintendofan226

I have that headset, paid full price a while ago. It sucks, its so uncomfortable and hard to work with. The one that comes with xbox live is so much better. Then again I don't play xbox anymore....PC all the way!

gertish
gertish

It's not a bad buy, I may pick one up now.

Nawras
Nawras

If I wanted to give money to charity I wouldn't do it by buying a ridiculous headset. I'd just go there and donate.

ronaldmonster
ronaldmonster

It's about damn time, i might pick one up now.

bison_tuesday
bison_tuesday

its not as if they HAVE to give money to charity - the fact that the product is heavily discounted AND they are giving a dollar away? Hell, I dont care that it wont work 100% on 360, I will pick one up just to support the cause and the idea that videogame related companies are putting something back into society. bravo!

EnragedB0ar
EnragedB0ar

"NintendoWarrior lol, no one cares" So what makes you think we will care about what you say more?

samekila
samekila

I would get it but all my charity money goes to N.O.R.M.L I donate $150 a year to them.

sk8linkin
sk8linkin

I think its good that bungie is giving back. hell after all any of them could use a buck right about now...

zash
zash

A buck is better than nothing.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Nice to see that Bungie is doing something for charity. BUT honestly I don't think that I will pick one up because the volume and mute controls don't work on the Xbox 360. But I will encourage my friends without a Xbox 360 to pick one up. To K1LLSWITCH, you are an ass. Bungie is trying do something good and all you think about is your stupid fanboyism. Go to hell.

agschool
agschool

Atleast something GOES to charity. They could've just kept all the profit. Oh, and give 14.99, well have you?

flori123
flori123

gotta do better than a buck.

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

Thats right rip on a company for giving money to charity. They mark down the price over half on a great product and say they will also give money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and people complain. It's never good enough for you people. And I bet most of the people who say they'll give the 15 bucks to charity never will. Cold hearts and empty heads.

TraiklinX3
TraiklinX3

wow, that's real nice of them. Reduce the price of a headset to $15 from $50 (they apperantly weren't selling &/or they are getting ready for the 360 version of the same thing for double) and give a wopping $1 to charity. you know what? I think I will go ahead and skip buying their product and just give the full $14.99 to the charity. atleast that way you know the charity actually has a reason to cash the check. It would be alittle better if they were giving $14.99-$25 of every one sold at $50, that would be nicer of them then. as it is how much of a percentage is it their giving to charity? does it even register?

Shingo
Shingo

w00t! good to see someone trying to help, although 1$ is kind of cheap... People that are reacting negatively are just cynical

waynehead895
waynehead895

I got one of those months ago. But stopped using it because I have the 360 headset now.