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Fucking Hot Topic (rant)

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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HotTopic likes to grab onto anything popular and make profit off of it while being 'cool' because it has 'cool' things to offer for sale.
HotTopic really irks my nerves. Used to be an okay place for band shit and goth/punk/rock apparel but all of that has been pushed to the back of the store to make room for the wall of MLP merch, rows/columns of t-shirts with memes, ponies, hipster bullshit and crap that's supposed to be funny.
That store has pretty much ruined memes. It's so fucking distasteful and lame to wear meme shit now.
Most of the shit there has nothing to do with the store or what it originally was established for.

I didn't just stop shopping there because I changed my sense of style, but also because the MLP, Memes, Yo Gabba Gabba (isn't that a show for five year olds? Oh right, it's cool to like cartoons for toddlers now)Twilight and other unrelated crap.

HotTopic changes merch. a lot since most of what it sells quickly becomes 'uncool' and heaven forbid HotTopic isn't 'cool'! So it's gotta change out it's shit to keep up with the 'cool' crowd.
Since when was HotTopic so concerned with appealing to the 'cool' crowd? With being 'cool'? It used to appeal to the punks and rockers and goths who gave zero shits for what was cool and came there to get shirts for their fave bands and clothing that fit their likes and sense of fashion because they were unique people who couldn't really shop much other places.

Can you even buy Tripps there anymore? Most of what's left of the Old HotTopic are band shirts, CD's and some piercings. Everything else panders to whatever is currently 'cool'.

WTF HotTopic. When did you become such a shallow, pretentious place?
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Putinade Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013   Digital Artist
I got a dress there. It's pretty, black, not so short my ass hangs out and made of decent fabric :O
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Babushka-Nipples Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Everytime I see someone wearing meme anythings, I want to fucking beat them.
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SecretAgentSch Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Artist
jeez.... HotTopic sucks now. I hate how they say they're so punk. no...... not at all..... A Misfits nightlight is not punk.....
I remember when I would walk in there and there would be a wall of good ol' punk band t-shirts. The Sex Pistols, Dead Kennedys and such. The punk slowly faded out and was replaced with other crappy stuff. I don't know... they're so expensive and sort of low quality with some stuff. For punk being one of the things they are trying to appeal to its pretty pricey. I thought most punks were angry, young and poor? DIY.
They seem a little try hard now.

Random: Their denim vests are shitty. Just make your own.

Theres more I could say but I'm just ranting. I probably will have forgotten what I have typed in 5 minutes...
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rinidarklight Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't been in a Hot Topic in a while till just recently. They had a Sailor Moon shirt I liked, so I had to get it. I think the last thing I bought there was a Zelda shirt.. But yes, most of the time the store is too full of idiots squealing at MLP shit to even bother trying to go in...
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TrueSoprano Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Meh, Hot Topic has some cool stuff like Doctor Who merch and a few decent band shirts. Not really worth the shitty "hardcore" music they play in there and all the mall goths, though.
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Grinningsunknown Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like going to hot topic anyway to see what they have...if i like it i like it if i don't i just leave and come back later...i don't go there too "be diffrent and not conform" nor do i go to be a sheep..i like what i like for myself..not just because a huge group likes it...i know who and what i am and don't need a store to remind me...but we all got our opinions and i respect that :)
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's almost like HotTopic is a retail business in a capitalist society. The nerve!
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HellhoundHyena Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Welll why do you think it's called Hot topic? Thats what they are supposed to do, sell what's getting a lot of attention at the moment.
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Putinade Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Digital Artist
I got a pretty cool dress there last time I was there... :iconfabulousplz:
And a breaking bad tshirt.
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sweeney-todd-warrior Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm, I get what you mean. But, I think that maybe they're just not so much becoming uncool, but selling things that are considered cool to others (MLP, Twilight, etc...). Just because you don't like those things doesn't mean that others don't as well :P
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Princess-Rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't there was ever a time when Hot Topic was "cool". It's always been a place where mallrats dwell. Also, Tripp pants are bad and you should feel bad.
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rocketslugrockscp Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no problem with the MLP/Doctor Who/Adventure Time wall. In fact, I get lost there.

There's just one thing I don't like about the store: The music is so loud! You have to yell to be heard in there, and if they turn off the sound or switch songs, everyone's staring at you.

Also, ponies don't really look good in a store that's mostly dark colored. That big pink section just stands out like an elephant in the kitchen.
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Ninjaslug Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything in the complaints forum is a rant.

No need to label it. c:
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Tales-of-Haven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I stopped going there when all of their T-shirts that used to be R.E.M., AWOLnation, and other decent bands became 'NGSGYSFSDGAG' or a shitton of other long, stupid acronyms for rap groups or something.
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SecretAgentSch Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Artist
I agree, I used to go there when they had good Punk band t-shirts. Rip them up and make them into patches and whatever. Now all I see when I walk by are those 'NGSGYSFSDGAG' band shirts like you said hahaha.
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ensoul Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hot Topic is still a thing? Jesus. Well, props to them for continuing to figure out whatever's trendy and then selling it. Seriously, if Hot Topic was ever really edgy or punk it was before even MY time.
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Sapphire-Ashesx Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I need to go to HotTopic..
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hot Topic doesn't ruin memes. Memes ruin memes.
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0rg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
truer words never spoken
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Lyricanna Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, buying band shirts online is probably cheaper as has been said.  For other gothic/punk clothes, online can be really expensive, so if you have the time, I'd suggest taking up sewing; clothes that fit you, that you can alter, that only you have (since that seems to be important to you) at a way cheaper cost =)
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the price for a good pair of pants is insane.
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LoboSabio Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Why is this surprising? They're a business. They've moved on to something else because they see a better chance of making a profit there instead of sticking to something that's fallen off the mainstream radar.
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Kalmek182 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah hottopic used to be cool. Every now any then they offer a few things here and there. But like you touched on, I bet they are up to their knees in MLP.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude. huge ass wall of it. Oi
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Kalmek182 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LAME
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:iconkhomaa:
Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totes :I
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Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   General Artist
I bought my first ever item on the Hot Topic online store. but the shipping price to Australia is way too fucking expensive! :noes:
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy shit, Australia? I imagine. I tried to order books from the UK and *that* was expensive X_X
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Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   General Artist
Yes. Holy shit indeed. :( Why does everything we purchase from an American online store, has such expensive shipping cost for non-Americans? Fucking not fair indeed! :saddummy:
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gotta fly dat shit over water
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Jezzy-Fezzy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   General Artist
Indeed.
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KorukiKonaru Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
I don't think we have Hot Topic here, but that sounds slightly like a store called Jay Jay's, which sells popular kinds of things as well. I've only been in there a few times to see if there was anything particularly interesting. I prefer practical clothes.
In other news, I finally got around to finishing the Lion and now I'm off to Level 9! If anyone gets that reference, you're awesome.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably is pretty much the same thing lol Sounds like it anyway
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Sprunkler Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It's always been distasteful and lame to wear meme shit.
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0rg Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
let's step it up, graphic tees were distasteful since their inception
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Sprunkler Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
True, most graphic tees have always been pretty tacky, but meme tees are just a whole other level of kitsch.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moreso than ever
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Kendrubbin Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Photographer
"It's so fucking distasteful and lame to wear meme shit now. "

You say that like it was every a good idea to do so.
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:iconkhomaa:
Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moreso than ever
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Writer
Those kind of stores are smart - they sell what's selling. Goth and punk clothing was what 16 year olds were buying a few years ago.  Now its 80s cartoon retreads.  Your demographic is no longer the "hot" market.  
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes but at least it had a concentration. I guess the merch is so scatter because the demographic is so scatterbrained. heh.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013   Writer
Well, I'm so old now that they won't even let me in the door there. The last time I was in one was 13 years ago.I was eyeing a sweet black hoodie with a red deftones white pony logo. I was going to buy it for my girlfriend but I think I winced at the price.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:I Age cap at HotTopic. waitwat.
Yes, they price things so high but the merch is hardly worth it. Did I tell you already about how my earrings melted :I
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Writer
There's no literal age cap - it was a joke - but I feel I am too old to shop there for myself. I'll probably be shopping there for my daughter in a couple of years. :$

Haha, your earrings melted? Hopefully not while they were in your ears.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahaha okay yeah I didn't think so XD Honestly I don't think anybody can really be 'too old' Especially since some of the merch there is of things that began back long before most of the demographic that does shop there were even conceived.

Yeah actually. I was in the shower and went to clean around the piercing holes and much of the earing sorta shlepped off of the metal base.
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MelodyMoose Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used to go there to pick up some copies of JTHM back when I was in middle school. Anyway, times change and new things become popular. In the future it will be pickle shaped hats. I saw it in a vision.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A got a nice Z? shirt on ebay a few years ago.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that's where I got mine too. You can only really get them at comic book stores. Maybe.
I only collect now so that I can get them all and sell them as a pack :U
Pickle shaped hats. You called it. I'll be sure to let you know when I see the first pickle hat item
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Katy-L-Wood Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student General Artist
At first I thought this was going to be about the hot topics the site sends out in the message center.

I agree that it did used to be a good store, but they've gotta make money and thus they've gotta sell what the majority want which just so happens to be MLP, anime, etc. Take a look around your city though, you may be surprised at the cool clothing stores you can find. I found a great steampunk clothing shop near where I live recently.
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Khomaa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes and the demographic is all over the place now so now the merch is as well
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