+1. Yeah, that would be nice alternative as well.
I emailed them about this exact issue: I would like my free gift b/c it mildly relieves the annoyance of paying shipping (why does that piss me off so much w/ online companies...oh yeah, b/c 90% of everything I buy has free shipping via amazon prime) but there tie selection sucks and returning customers don't want stupid fabric samples every time they order 5+ shirts, what kind of incentive is that??? Anyway, here is there response:
Quote:...there's actually an important marketing consideration about the free ties. First, we let customer choose a free gift to market our 'ties' and cufflinks selection. This gift has nothing to do with their purchase, it is for us to make customers aware that we have other products as well. It is a way for us to express our gratitude and you are welcome to reject it or not ask for it at all.
Second, for loyal customers, those who order more than $100 worth per order (sometimes $150 minimum, depends on our sales), we give loyalty vouchers worth $5 to $10.
The shipping in fact is already subsidized. Have a look at the shipping slip that EMS or DHL sends. You will notice that the shipping we charge, which is $10 for the first 2 shirts are actually low compared to what is charged to us by the Shipping company. This is of course dependent on location. Some locations we have to pay $12 per shirt and only charge customer $10. But we want to keep our system simple so we only charge $10."