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Site News: You Can Now See Price Estimates In Your Local Currency

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We’ve added a small functionality to the site that our international customers may find useful. We’ve installed a widget that allows you to swtich the prices to your local currency. Currently we have it set up for the most popular places we receive orders from: British Pound, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Euro and the Brazilian Real. This covers most of our international orders.

A few caveats:

  • You will still be charged in US dollars with your payment, this only affects the price displayed
  • Currency prices are an ESTIMATE – final price after your credit card is charged may vary based on international currency rates, we have no control over this
  • You need to toggle the currency at the bottom of the page.

We’ll see how this new functionality is used and if we get enough requests for other currencies, we’ll add them.

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Black Friday Coupon Details and the Remainder Sale is ON!

As promised, we have launched our latest remainder sale to clear out our excess t-shirts – we have over 100 shirts on offer from some of our most popular designs.


In addition to the remainder sale, we’re also offering a 15% off coupon that is good from today until Cyber Monday (December 1st).

Use Coupon Code: BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to save 15%.

Happy Shopping!

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The Official Anglotees Black Friday / Thanksgiving Week Plan – Please Read for Details!


It’s our favorite time of year – the holiday season and it’s also the first time we’re run a retail business for Christmas. Our business model is rather challenging to market around Christmas as the lead time for an order from us is 2-3 weeks, so pretty soon there will be a cutoff for Christmas ordering to get them in time.

Next Friday is known at Black Friday here in the USA – it’s the day after Thanksgiving and the biggest shopping day of the year.

As with everything we’ve done so far, we have a plan. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect next week.

1. There will be a coupon code

We will issue a coupon code for an order discount that will be good from Thursday to Monday (Cyber Monday). We haven’t decided the amount of the discount yet but it will me more than the usual coupon included with all our orders. Customers will be notified by email and across all our social media channels.

2. There will be a remainder sale

On Wednesday, we will launch probably our final remainder sale of the year. This one will be HUGE. We have over 100 leftover t-shirts to sell and will probably have more by the time we launch the sale. Remainder shirts are first come, first serve and they’re usually gone within 24 hours. So, look out for the Facebook post or email announcing this. Fast fingers will be needed!

3. We will have our new designs on Friday as usual

We will continue our normal shirt launch schedule, which is new designs every Friday at Noon US Central Time. We’ll have 3 new designs on Black Friday. These will probably be the last designs that will comfortably make it for Christmas deliveries.

4. We will introduce gift vouchers/certificates

We’re still working on the details but we will offer some sort of gift certificate program where you can buy someone an Anglotees gift certificate. This year they will be DIGITAL ONLY. You’ll get a PDF you can print off or email that will have all the details. We looked into getting physical gift cards but it’s beyond what we’re capable of offering at this stage.

Christmas Shipping?

USA orders ordered during Black Friday weekend should arrive by Christmas. International orders MAY arrive by Christmas but we cannot guarantee it so please do not order if you need it for Christmas and you live outside the USA, we do not want you to be disspointed if it doesn’t arrive.

After the Black Friday designs, the new weekly shirts will NOT arrive in time for Christmas for anyone, so do not order them as gifts. We will be repeating this message a lot so people don’t end up disappointed.

We plan to have our new designs as usual throughout December. The week of Christmas, we plan to do something special.

And then we have HUGE things planned for 2015. That’s all we can say at this stage.

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Anglotees Housekeeping Notice: We’re Bringing Back 1 Previous Design a Week At Anglotees

For the month of October, we’re going to do something a little special since people are already starting to think about Christmas. In addition to our new design each week, we’ll also bring back a popular previous design. If you’d like a say in what we bring back, browse our previous shirts page and then join the waitlist for your favorite designs. This does two things:

1. Gives us an idea of which ones to bring back so you get a say.

2. You will be notified by email as soon as it becomes available.

There’s 5 Fridays in October, so that’s five designs to bring back. So, get your say in now!

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The Strange Tale of a T-shirt That Went on a Brazilian Holiday and Returned 6 Months Later

One thing that has surprised us the most since we started Anglotees is how popular our shirts are outside the USA. In fact, when we launched we intended to only ship within the USA due to the huge hassles and expense of shipping internationally. But we were hammered in our first few weeks about availability in this country or that country, so we made the wise choice to ship everywhere (now 20% of our sales are outside the USA).

Anyway, the reason I’m bringing this up is that shipping internationally is a much different beast than shipping domestically. It costs more. It requires more paperwork and it takes much longer.

In the case of one package, it takes almost 6 months.

Back in March, a customer in Brazil bought a t-shirt (incidentally, we ship A LOT of orders to Brazil, lots of Anglophiles there!). We dutifully fulfilled the order a few weeks later and didn’t think about it again. This was before we were using ShipStation for international fulfillment so this was when we had to fill out customs forms by hand and had no way to track orders. I got an email two months later from the poor customer – their shirt still hadn’t arrived.

I looked into the matter as best I could and came to the simple conclusion that the package had been lost somewhere between Valparaiso, Indiana and Rio De Janiero, Brazil. I gave the customer a refund/store credit and moved on, never giving is another thought.

Then on Monday, a package arrived in the post. A well packed package from Anglotees that had never been opened. It had been battered by its journey and was covered in labels written in Portuguese (a language I do not speak). On the one hand, I was pleased to see the shirt arrive back in the same condition we sent it – brand new.

On the other hand, I was dismayed that the package was returned at all. Why was it returned? Why was it never delivered to its destination.

Thanks to the help of Google, I was able to get the labels translated and it appears the mystery has been solved. The package eventually arrived in Brazil, but their Import Customs agency decided that tax was due on it. The tax was never paid and thus the package was sent back to its point of origin. A fascinating process that apparently takes 6 months to happen.

I wondered why the duty wasn’t paid. This has been a problem with a few countries we’ve shipped to – we’ve gotten emails from customers with sticker shock that their postal services were trying to extort them. We have no way of knowing how much import duty would be charged in which country. But I was able to look up Brazil and discovered that the customer would have been expected to pay over $30 US dollars in import duty – more than they had paid to buy and ship the t-shirt!

This is obviously absurd but there is nothing we can do about it other than warn customers that your country may charge you import duty if you buy a shirt from us. This is an area where our knowledge is woefully inadequate but a good rule of thumb is that you’ll probably be on the hook for VAT/Sales Tax/etc when you receive your package. If your country has a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, then usually you wouldn’t have to pay duties. But it depends. It’s really complicated and frustrating.

If your package is returned to us due to unpaid import duty, we will simply refund your order – MINUS the shipping cost. We can always resell the shirt but international shipping is expensive and we can’t recoup that.

All that said – this is rarely a problem – I’m only writing about it because I found it interesting. 99% of our international orders arrive at their destination promptly and we can track them every step of the way (and so can the customer as we provide you the tracking number). But there are some unusual cases where the various postal services return to the 19th century and something unusual happens.

I just hope that the t-shirt enjoyed its six month holiday in Brazil!

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New LOWER Shipping Rates to Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany and France

One thing we didn’t expect when we launched Anglotees was how popular our shirts would be all over the world. We’ve now shipped orders to over 25 different countries – we just shipped our first order to Japan a few weeks ago.

The problem with shipping internationally is that the rates are really high – even for a light t-shirt. Our blanket international rate is $14 to any country. Many people like our designs enough to pay the extra cost. Thanks to our new shipping system and our refined shipping processes, we can now offer LOWER international shipping rates to the following countries only:

  • Canada – $9 Flat Rate Shipping (save $5) – Each additional shirt is $2 extra
  • Australia – $12 Flat Rate Shipping (save $2) – Each additional shirt is $2 extra
  • United Kingdom – $12 Flat Rate Shipping (save $2) – Each additional shirt is $2 extra
  • Germany – $12 Flat Rate Shipping (save $2) – Each additional shirt is $2 extra
  • France – $12 Flat Rate Shipping (save $2) – Each additional shirt is $2 extra

Everyone else is still going to have to pay $14. These countries represent the bulk of our international sales and we think we can sell more with a more competitive shipping rate. There’s a flat rate charge for 1 shirt and then an additional charge of $2 per shirt after that. The increased weight of additional shirts increases the shipping cost.

In the long term we’re working on European fulfillment and distribution – but that’s 12-18 months away.

As always, our domestic rate in the USA will remain $4 to ship anywhere in the USA (and it doesn’t matter how many shirts you buy – it’s a flat $4).


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Housekeeping: We Now Charge Sales Tax on Indiana Orders

Just a minor housekeeping update. We now have to charge sales tax for orders shipped to Indiana.

We’re based in Indiana and under Indiana law, we have to collect 7% sales tax on all orders shipped to Indiana.

We have not done it up to now for various reasons (had red tape hurdles to clear), but from today we must comply.

This will only effect a few of our regular customers (go Hoosiers!).

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The Remainder Sale Has Returned!

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The Anglotees Remainder Sales Has Returned! It’s a slow week so it’s time to clear out our leftover t-shirt inventory. It’s been awhile since we’ve done this so we have over 10 previous designs on offer in various sizes. As we have these on hand, they ship within 24 hours. Some of the designs available: Britain Rocks!, God Save the Tea, London Calling, British Telly, Mind the Gap, Love London and many more. You need to be fast – previously when we have done this, all the shirts are gone by the end of the day – so don’t delay! Details here:

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How the Limited Anglotees Reprint Sale Works

You may have seen the announcement earlier this week that we were planning to launch a limited run of 3 of our most popular shirts. We took votes on what we should bring back and got a massive 1400+ votes and the message was resounding. The results matched close to what we expected so we’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back the following three designs for one week only:

  1. God Save the Tea
  2. London Calling
  3. Vintage Union Flag

These are three of our all time bestsellers so we’re glad that everyone wants us to bring them back.

They reprint run will be available for ONE WEEK. It will work the same way as our weekly shirts – we will take the orders for all three shirts for ONE WEEK and then print the orders.

Quick Questions:

Can you mix and match shirts?

Yes, you can order 1 shirt or all three in whatever types and sizes you want. The more the better!

Is the price the same?

Yes, the price is the same – starting at $16.99 for a unisex and going up from there. Please note that our prices have gone up since we offered London Calling and God Save the Tea, so the prices reflect our current pricing structure.

Is shipping more expensive if I buy more than one shirt?

No, the flat rate of $4 for shipping applies no matter how many shirts you buy.

You didn’t bring back _____ design – will it be available again?

We chose the designs based on customer voting and our own sales figures. We didn’t bring back others because we don’t think there will be demand enough to sell them profitably. We also excluded the last month’s worth of shirts from the voting as we’ve exhausted demand there. Will we still bring back old designs? Maybe. Our primary focus will be on what sells. We also plan to do another reprint sale close to the Holidays in the USA so people can buy our shirts as gifts. We will vote again when the time comes.

Are they all printed on the same color?

London Calling is printed on Dark Heather Grey – except for the V-neck 3XL and 4XL which are printed on charcoal (the only color in that size).

God Save the Tea is printed on Iris – except for the long sleeve which is Royal Blue and the V-neck 3XL and 4XL which are printed on Navy Blue (the only color in that size).

Vintage Union Flag is printed on Heather/Sports Grey across all the shirts.

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Vote Now To Help Us Decide Which T-Shirt Designs to Bring Back!

We’re almost halfway through the year and we’ve done a new t-shirt design every week. Some have been huge hits, some have been failures. We’d like to bring the most popular designs back for a limited one week sale. We have a pretty good idea of which ones to bring back BUT we thought we’d give everyone a chance to vote. So, if could take a minute and answer this short survey on what T-shirt Designs you’d like us to bring back for a limited reprint we’d greatly appreciate it!

Voting closes Friday, June 6th 2014.