How to Buy One Share of Facebook Stock

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Ticket to FacebookBy Stacy Cowley

The typical way to buy stock in a publicly traded firm is to open a brokerage account and place an order. But for those who want to own just one ceremonial share of a company, there's an easier, if sometimes pricier, way: You can buy through websites that specialize in "one share" transactions.

The operators of those sites say they expect Facebook to become one of their most popular stocks once it begins trading publicly. That's currently on track to happen this Friday.

"It interests people who are not ordinarily interested in the stock market," says Rick Roman, the founder of GiveAShare.com. "We've been getting people asking about it for a year."

Sites like GiveAShare.com and OneShare.com are careful not to market themselves as places for serious investors. Stocks are risky, and any gains on a single share are likely to be tiny.

Instead, the sites cater to more casual fans of the companies' brands. They also offer something traditional brokerages rarely do: paper stock certificates, suitable for framing and showing off.


Companies aren't required to offer paper stock certificates, and a shrinking number of them do. Apple, for example, stopped issuing paper certificates in late 2010.

Roman says he was surprised and delighted when Facebook, which will trade under the ticker (FB), revealed in its IPO paperwork that it will make paper certificates available. (Citing pre-IPO "quiet period" regulations, a Facebook representative declined to comment on the company's decision to issue paper shares.)


Both GiveAShare.com and OneShare.com plan to begin offering Facebook shares for sale as soon as the stock starts trading. Like other retail investors, they'll be buying shares at whatever the market price is, which is likely to be much higher than the offering price.

Roman, who typically updates the stock prices on his site just once a week, says he expects to adjust Facebook's price several times on its first trading day.

Buying through a one-share site is generally more expensive for customers than buying through a broker. Both GiveAShare.com and OneShare.com charge a $39 fee for their services, which include buying the share and procuring the paper stock certificate.

Read more at CNNMoney


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aisha200bc

Now what else one can ask for, if the news is correct that Face Book is providing an opportunity for ordinary individuals to buy what ever number of its shares via the sites that have been mentioned in the above article, then i think that dreams of so many have come true. Moreover its a golden opportunity for people who are confronting tough financial crises to make some real good money by investing as much as they can while buying the shares of Face Book. I am 100 % sure and highly anticipate that Face Book on Nasdaq will do much much better than expected.Their credibility is based on technical grounds and their risk is hardly minimal. Although it is very difficult to predict that how many percent it will gain on its shares, at least in the first quarter, because of many other factors that includes the current political and financial instability which US is facing, but my personal assessment, based on concrete grounds and positive factors is that Face Book should be making something like more than 300 % of its face value very easily or much more in their first quarter. I would never miss a chance to buy even if its a single share of Face Book. Now its the time for Face Book to see its true Zenith---

May 15 2012 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michelle

How does a normal person like me with no "inside connections" go about buying say 50 shares? or is that not possible?

May 15 2012 at 11:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
richie rich

i'm going do i'm going to buy 7 share at $35 each lol lol lol i'm rich bitch /that from dave chellpal

May 15 2012 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kimuyu1

It is about time Facebook went public

May 15 2012 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ae12wrangell

'Went public'? Facebook has been around a while and has members on EVERY continent

May 15 2012 at 11:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ae12wrangell's comment
reste0123

@a312wrangell::: Do you EVEN KNOW what going "public" means???? It means shares of it STOCK are being offered to the "PUBLIC" for the first time...

Suggestion for you...If you are going to rob an internet cafe...Its best you log out of facebook first...LOL

May 15 2012 at 11:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
Cynthia Sanchez

He means going public with their stocks.

May 15 2012 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down