Here’s where my “rebellious” years of high school meet my present geeky self. Hot Topic is purchasing ThinkGeek.
I’ve gone from using Manic Panic to Manically Panicking over this acquisition.
ThinkGeek is pretty well known for its wide variety of kitschy, pop-culture focused offerings — the site’s banner features huge properties like Marvel, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and more. But it also has historically offered a host of weird, offbeat products like USB-powered beverage coolers, laser-projected keyboards, and all manner of other oddities.
There’s likely a huge crossover between those shopping at Hot Topic and those buying nerdy goods from ThinkGeek, so the purchase makes a lot of sense…
I disagree with this. Yes, both are “off-beat” cultures, but in different ways. This is akin to saying a store that serves goths would also be good for hipsters since they are alternative scenes.
I’ve been happy to have ThinkGeek around. I can usually find the perfect gift for a friend on it, and I have to keep my wallet locked up sometimes when just browsing.
I lived near-ish to the ThinkGeek headquarters and they have had geek events, including a screening of the Princess Bride for all us locals.
But the offbeat products the Verve talks about–laser-projected keyboards, etc.–are very different from the offbeat products of Hot Topic. I see ThinkGeek as things-people-like-to-tinker-with. And while there is some crossover in terms of genre/themes, I see HotTopic as “trying to be edgy while also displaying an inspirational quote across the product in a script font”.
I could also be a bit harsh in this regard too.
What do you think of the acquisition?
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