it real stock? Absolutely! You or the recipient become a real shareholder of the company entitled to anything a shareholder gets like annual reports, declared dividends, invites to shareholder meetings etc.
That's what make this gift so unique!
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Can I buy more than one share?Yes.
We sell single share ownership at the price stated on
the website. You can buy multiple single shares but the
price remains the same for each one and you would get
that many one share certificates in whatever frame you
For those wanting to buy multiple shares under the
same name, if your primary purpose is to buy as an
investment, you should consider going to a registered
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should I purchase stock from you rather than going through
a broker?Good question! As of 1/1/2009, brokers CANNOT deliver paper stock certificates for most stocks
because of an industry-wide push toward electronic ownership
certificates). We are still able to get them because we work directly with the
transfer agents.In addition, we give you exceptional value. Our business focus and processes are all geared toward delivering 1 share of stock packaged as a gift. We are easier, faster, cheaper, and less bureaucratic than a stock broker plus we provide custom framing and other gift oriented items. In the rare cases where a broker can provide a physical certificate, they charge commissions PLUS a significant fee ($100-$500) to send you the physical certificate.
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How do I place an order?It's easy! Go to our stock list to look at our growing list of
companies or if you want one that is not on our list, go to
custom stock page.
We have many ways to search for just the right stock -
by recipient,by occasion,
by price...Once you have decided on the stock you want,
select it and you will be given a chance to customize your order (frame type, color, plaque engraving, gift-wrap, kids package etc.). The shopping cart
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What information is required to place an order?We will need to legally register the stock certificate in the new owner's name. To do this we normally only need
the recipient's name and current address. If the stock is to be issued to a minor, you will need to provide the name of one adult custodian. A custodian is a parent, guardian or some other responsible adult.
The transfer agent for several stocks requires a tax ID #
for registration (more info).: If you don’t have this information, you can select our 2 Part Delivery option and we will include the request with the shipment
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How soon can I expect delivery?Delivery times are paced by the stock registration process. We will ship your order within 3 - 7 weeks with most shipments occurring in the shorter end of that range. We inventory the shares so are able to beat broker delivery times. For those trying to meet an occasion deadline, we offer various solutions that can be used individually or together to expedite receipt. You can take advantage of our 2 Part Delivery (see below), use a Gift Note, or simply arrange for a faster mode of shipment. We also give you a way to keep your gift a
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Why did I get correspondence from the company before I received my certificate?Each company has a transfer agent that manages their stockholder activity. GiveAshare.com works with these transfer agents to get the stock registered in the recipient's name. Once registered, the company whose stock is purchased, may send the shareholder correspondence such as a welcome letter, dividend check, request to participate in the dividend reinvestment plan, or a W9 Form. In certain circumstances, this can even occur before receipt of the physical
stock certificate. The reason is that the electronic registration happens first and then the physical certificate is issued to GiveAshare.com for
quality review, framing, packing and shipping.We have developed a patent pending process that enables you to get a tangible gift without spoiling the SURPRISE. During checkout, you must select 2 Part Delivery and then put in your
Gift Date and we will adjust the registration process to ensure nothing gets sent to the recipient.Back to Top
There are some companies (approx. 17%) that require a SSNO (only for U.S.
citizens) in order to for us to register the stock.
We only ask for this information for those companies
that require it (see list). We take great care to protect
this information with strict internal processes and policies that
include not collecting or storing this information on web servers and properly
destroying the information after use. If you do not have the SSNO or if it would ruin the surprise by getting it from the recipient, we recommend selecting 2 Part Delivery which allows the shareholder to provide their SSNO after the gift
(color copy 1st part) is given.
In the special case where
the new shareholder is a foreign citizen who temporarily resides in the U.S., we will need a completed
form from the shareholder to register the stock. We recommend choosing 2 Part Delivery and contacting us so that we can send the correct
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I am under 18, can I buy a stock certificate?Yes, but only under adult supervision. The name of a custodian must be provided for stock that is being bought for a minor. A custodian is a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult whose name will also appear on the registered stock. Only one minor child and one adult custodian name can appear on the stock certificate.Back to Top
Can I buy this for someone under 18?Yes. The name of an adult custodian must be provided for stock that is being bought for a minor. A custodian is a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult whose name will also appear on the registered stock. Only one minor child and one adult custodian name can appear on the stock certificate.Back to Top
Can I purchase stock for an unborn child?Yes. However, we cannot register the stock until we have a name for the child (and an adult custodian). What you can do in this instance, is purchase a stock using our 2 Part Delivery. We will send the 1st part of the order out without a name, and hold off on registering the stock until you
or the new parents have provided us with a name for the child - after he or she is born.
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Why is it so important for me to check my order?At GiveAshare.com your satisfaction is extremely important to us. Because so much of this product is dependent on your input (certificate registration information and plaque engraving information) it is critical that you double check the information you provide so that you end up with exactly what you want. You get both an on-line confirmation and an email confirmation. Please see our return policy for more specifics.Back to Top
What do I get as a shareholder?You are entitled to everything that any shareholder gets. This can include annual shareholder reports
from the company's management, declared dividends,
invites to shareholder meetings, and any special shareholder
perks (examples: Starbucks has given coffee cards, IBM
has given computer discounts, Willamette Valley has
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What is Scripophily?Scripophily is the hobby of collecting of old stocks and bonds. The word is made up of the English word "scrip" which represents ownership or right and the Greek word "philos" which means love. This is considered a hobby for some and an investment by others and in recent years it has exploded in popularity. Collectors are attracted by ornate artwork, printed signatures, historical significance, and aesthetics.
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Can I buy more than one share of a company?You can buy any number of one share stock
certificates but we cannot sell a multiple share
certificate because of rules established by the SEC.
For example, you can buy five 1-share certificates at our price but not one 5-share certificate.
Generally if you want to buy more than a few shares on
one certificate, you should probably consider a broker.
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Are you a
registered broker, how can you sell real stock?GiveAshare
is not a registered broker or dealer. We are allowed to do what we do by adhering to criteria established by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We have structured our business, product and pricing to be in full compliance with the SEC guidelines such as selling stock only in 1-share increments, adhering to minimum prices
(2x market price), and marketing our product as a gift or collectible and not as an investment.
The intent of the SEC requirements is to steer those
whose primary purpose is to buy as an investment to a
registered stock broker. GiveAshare has been in business since 2002 and our stock
list has grown from two to over one hundred world famous
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Why does my certificate have blemishes or slight creases?The transfer agent begins with company-generic certificates pre-printed with the company logo and design and then runs them through a printing process to record the registration and authentication information. In
rare cases, this printing process may leave slight creases or blemishes on the certificate. Each transfer agent has a slightly different process, some of which are more conducive to blemishes/slight creases on the certificate (generally Mellon, contact us for more info ). This process makes it the real deal! We perform a quality review to ensure that the certificate condition is consistent with what the transfer agent normally delivers to all registered owners.Back to Top
Please note that when shipping outside of the U.S., some countries like Canada may charge additional taxes or custom duties/fees upon delivery which are not included in the price. Also, for international orders: UPS shipping methods provide tracking and are insured. With USPS: Express Mail International, and USPS:Priority Mail International, limited insurance is provided, and tracking is limited once the package leaves the United States. All other USPS options do NOT provide any tracking or insurance, so if you choose this option, you assume the risk of loss.Back to Top
The whole industry is moving
to electronic registration in order to save money. Right now, 95% of the companies on our
stock list still offer paper but at some point they will all switch so get them while you still can. See more about
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What happens if the underlying company changes or stops issuing physical paper certificates after I order?There is a movement in the industry away from physical paper certificates which adds to the collectible value of certificates. Although improbable, it is possible for the underlying company to stop issuing
paper certificates after an order is placed. In the unlikely event that this occurs, we will frame a realistic copy of the company's certificate and add the shareholder's name. This will look like the real thing and will represent the fact that the recipient owns one share electronically. The real proof of electronic ownership will be evidenced by a statement and account number sent directly to the shareholder by the transfer agent. Electronic ownership is no different than having a physical certificate and the shareholder is entitled to all the same benefits.In the unlikely event that the company you buy significantly changes the design of their stock certificate after the order is placed, the buyer will have the option of getting a mock-up copy of the original designed certificate with the recipient's name printed on it along with the real registered certificate (new design). Back to Top
Can I sell my stock and if so, how?You are a true shareholder and can do anything you want with your stock. You can sell your stock through a broker or IF your company offers a DRIP and you participate, you can generally sell through the Plan (normally at lower fees).Back to Top
DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS FOR ALL INTERNATIONAL ORDERS?We accept credit cards on most international orders. We perform a fraud check that flags high risk orders for more information or a different payment method like a wire transfer. The flags consider high risk countries like Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia and other high risk countries in Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
If your order has been flagged for Wire Transfer payment, we will review your order and follow up with an
email with wire transfer information. It is unfortunate that a few bad apples can ruin it for everyone. We apologize for any inconvenience but we are a small company that has been burned by fraud in the past.
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WHAT IS AN ADR OR ADS?These
pertain to foreign companies that trade on a U.S.
exchange. Introduced to the financial markets in 1927, an American
Depositary Receipt (ADR) is a stock that trades in the United States but represents a specified number of shares in a foreign corporation. ADRs are bought and sold on American markets just like regular stocks, and are issued/sponsored in the U.S. by a bank or brokerage.
ADRs were introduced as a result of the complexities involved in buying shares in foreign countries and the difficulties associated with trading at different prices and currency values. For this reason, U.S. banks simply purchase a bulk lot of shares from the company, bundle the shares into groups, and reissues them on either the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange (AMEX) or the Nasdaq.
The entire issuance is called an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) and the individual shares are referred to as ADSs.
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GiveAshare.com® is owned by Leading Edge Gifts, LLC. All names
and logos displayed on this page are owned by their respective organizations. GiveAshare® is not affiliated with these companies. We provide an innovative gift by allowing customers to easily and affordably buy a real share of stock as a gift. Although this is real stock, we do not market our product as an investment nor do we in any way provide investment advice. GiveAshare® is not a registered broker-dealer
and carefully follows rules established by the SEC for us. We recommend that those looking for an investment contact a registered broker or financial advisor.