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Years and years ago, my father purchased stock in Radio Shack(acutally, IIRC in Tandy, which owned Radio Shack). He purchased 1 certificate of stock. The commisions on the purchase were more than the stock itself.

So why purchase 1 share of stock? Well, at the time the company offered stockholders an incentive for owning their stock. A modest discount on all batteries.

My father calculated how much he paid on batteries in a year, and figured out that in only 1 year he would have paid for the stock WITH commission cost.

IIRC, Tandy/Radio Shack no longer offers this program. But I do know that there are other companies out there that offer stockholders incentives. IBM for example allows stockholders to purchase computers at a discount(whether the discount makes the computer worthwhile may be another story, as well, I don't know how much stock you must own to take advantage of the program).

So, since this is an investing website, I was wondering if any of you LBYMers knew of other stocks that offered stockholders an incentive beyond increasing stock value and dividends- and if so what the requirements are.
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