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  1. What is OneShare.com?
  2. Is this a real share of stock?
  3. What is a stock certificate?
  4. What is the transfer fee?
  5. What is the stock price?
  6. Do I have to buy a frame?
  7. What do I need to do to get started?
  8. How does shipping work?
  9. How do I place and order?
  10. How long does it take to receive a gift of one share?
  11. What is the OneShare Gift Announcement?
  12. Can two people co-own one share of stock?
  13. Can I buy stock for a child under 18?
  14. Can I buy for an unborn child?
  15. Can I buy more than one share?
  16. Can I buy stocks that are not on your product list?
  17. How can I receive info on special discounts and promotions?
  18. Who can buy from OneShare.com?
  19. I'm having trouble placing my order - can you help?
  20. I'm having trouble printing my gift announcement - what do I do?
  21. Can I buy just a frame?
  22. What is a stock split?

What is OneShare.com?
Our site enables people to give stock as a gift. OneShare.com is the #1 industry leader in the gifting of one share of stock. We hold several patent-pending applications in this market niche we pioneered.

The gift concept of giving one share of stock has been hailed by pundits in the industry as "the smartest gift idea this century!" We also offer museum quality framing of the valuable one share stock certificate at guaranteed lowest prices.

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Is this a real share of stock?
Yes! The shares we offer are real stock from publicly traded companies that have been bought on the stock exchange. As a shareholder, you're entitled to all shareholder benefits. These benefits include dividends (if declared), annual reports, the right to attend annual shareholder meetings, and all other privileges and perks the company offers its shareholders.
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What is a stock certificate?
A stock certificate is the official piece of paper that is evidence of ownership of one or more shares of a corporation. Stock certificates of publicly traded companies are very hard to come by! They are cumbersome to process and expensive to procure. Stock certificate are rare and very much valued as collectibles. Please see our OneShare Collectibles.
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What is the transfer fee?
The transfer fee is a $39 service fee that allows us to transact one share of stock. Stock is registered according to your instructions; we guarantee that your certificate arrives unfolded, in excellent condition. No account setup costs or minimum cash deposits required. No one can beat our transfer fee − we guarantee 110% price protection!
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What is the stock price?
The stock price represents the cost to purchase one share of stock on the stock exchange. Stock prices are updated daily − our price is based on the previous business day's closing price, rounded to the nearest dollar.
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Do I have to buy a frame?
Yes, however we offer a complimentary Paper Frame, crafted of matte material, for stocks priced below $44. It protects the certificate for those who do not want a wood or metal frame. (See: Custom Framing.)

Frame Sizes
Wood and Metal Frames (with plaque): 17.5"w x 15"h
Wood and Metal Frames (without plaque): 17"w x 13.5"h
Paper Frame (with plaque): 16"w x 13.5"h
Paper Frame (free): 13"w x 8.5"h

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What do I need to do to get started?
You'll need the shareholder's full name and street address. That's it!

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How does shipping work?
Please see our Shipping Information for a complete description.
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How do I place and order?
1) Choose a company
2) Choose a frame.
Then fill out the menu driven order form; the average order takes less than three minutes.

You can also browse by convenient categories with suggested custom engraved messages to create an even more meaningful gift: gift recipient or by occasion. To see all stocks, go to our Shop page.

No deposit is required, and all major credit cards are accepted. An email confirmation will be sent, please contact us if you have any questions.

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How long does it take to receive a gift of one share?
Once all required information is verified, your order will take 3 to 8 weeks. Processing time varies per company. A W-9 form is often sent directly from the underlying company, and may arrive before the stock certificate. We have no control over when this form will be sent.

Need your gift now? Use our free Gift Announcement.

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What is the OneShare Gift Announcement?
Our Gift Announcement is the perfect way to give your gift now! The beautifully designed announcement includes a full color rendition of the stock certificate, information about this thoughtful gift bought by you, and a customized gift message from you.

It is free of charge if sent via e-mail; $2.50 by US Postal Mail, and $15 via FedEx. (Please note, items sent via FedEx must be addressed to a domestic physical address; we cannot FedEx to PO Boxes, APO/FPO, or foreign addresses. We apologize for the inconvenience!) Our Gift Announcement allows you to buy and give one share of stock up to the very last minute.

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Can two people co-own one share of stock?
Yes. This form of ownership is called joint tenancy.

Select "Joint Tenancy" while placing your online order and complete form with the co-owners names. The two joint tenants must be of legal adult age (18 yrs).

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Can I buy stock for a child under 18?
Yes, you can make a purchase for a child under 18 years of age.

In this case, all you will need to provide additionally is a custodian name. This individual will be listed on the stock certificate with the child.

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Can I buy for an unborn child?
No. Per federal regulations, financial securities (such as stocks) may only be registered to persons already born. However, a Gift Announcement can be printed today, and presented when the baby is born.
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Can I buy more than one share?
There is no limit to the number of stock certificates you can purchase, however we can only sell one share per certificate, and each one share transaction will be charged a separate transfer fee.

If you are purchasing in volume of ten or more individual shares of a company offered, please contact Corporate Sales for volume discounts.

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Can I buy stocks that are not on your product list?
Presently we offer approximately 130 of the nation's most popular companies. If you think there's a stock we should be carrying, please let us know.

If you wish to purchase shares of a company not offered of at least twenty five in quantity, please contact Corporate Sales.

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How can I receive info on special discounts and promotions?
We publish a monthly newsletter containing significant discounts and specials only available to newsletter subscribers. Registering for the newsletter also makes you eligible for our daily drawing of a free share!

We do not sell or distribute personal information − see our TRUSTe approved Privacy Policy.

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Who can buy from OneShare.com?
We provide our services to most countries, and nearly every state in the US. Due to certain state regulations, we cannot do business in Alabama.

All prices are in United States Dollars. If your order is being shipped outside of the US, you may need to pay an additional tariff tax upon delivery. This tax varies by country and is not covered by OneShare.com. Paper Frames (but not Paper Plaque frames) are exempt from tariff taxes.

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I'm having trouble placing my order - can you help?
We invite you to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have. If you are having any difficulty or have a special request or question, we encourage you to send us an email.

Or, telephone Customer Service (toll-free) at 1.888.777.6919 (M-F, 9am to 5pm, PST). We look forward to assisting you any way we can!

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I'm having trouble printing my gift announcement - what do I do?
Make sure you have Adobe Acrobat installed (»click here to download Acrobat). If you're using MS Internet Explorer version 5.5, please upgrade to the newest version »IE 6.0.
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Can I buy just a frame?
Yes! Click here.
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What is a stock split?
Sometimes, companies split their outstanding shares into more shares. If a company with 1 million shares executes a two-for-one split, it ends up with 2 million shares. An investor with 1 share before the split would hold 2 shares after the split. The investor's percentage of equity in the company remains the same, and the share price of the stock owned is one-half the price of the stock on the day prior to the split.

For example, if IBM trades at $100 before a two-for-one split, after the split it will trade at $50, and holders of the stock will have twice as many shares as they had before the split.

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