Since everyone else said it (itsa store in the mall, posers, blah blah, "owned by GAP", et cetera) I'll just add on to this.
Hot Topic's bags are pretty useful, the drawstring stuff, hey, that's clever.
Everyone has something to say about Hot Topic.
by Latin scholar December 10, 2004
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An overpriced store that sells clothes that make teenies think they are "gothic" or "punks". It does, however have some good band merchandise and CD's. I like what they sell, but I dont like the effect it's having on kids. These kids think anarchy means forgetting to brush your teeth before bed.
Good Stuff: Ramones, Rancid, Misfits shirts, patches and pins
Bad stuff: the 50 different styles of good charlotte shirts, the overpricedness, and the effect it's got on kid "anarchists"
by ashley kenyeres November 30, 2003
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a store found in just about every mall. one that at one time used to be "scary", but then got popular. whatever, i cant say much because i used to shop there (in like, junio high). i just moved on to thrift stores after.
Middle-schooler with an anarchy patch on his backpack, all black converse, and the dickies witht the cell phone pockets: anarchy rocks!
me: you got that patch at hot topic didnt you, paid for it with federal dollars, and put it on your backpack, which you carry to a government run school. yeah, good job.
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hot topic is a clothing store. shopping there doesn't make you a poser. shopping there and thinking you are original/goth/punk does. you are only original if you buy the stuff in hot topic before it comes out ;)
Normal person: i love hot topic i think i'll go get that new <insert band> t-shirt

Poser: i need to go to hot topic and pick up some more anti societal clothes, so people will know that i am an outcast.

his life must be so full of pain, that his parents give him money to buy overpriced clothing at hot topic
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it should explain itself. come on people it is just a store.
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Hot Topic is considered a poser store because there are poser peoples that shop there sometimes, and also because it's different.
Hot Topic is a place that sells clothing that, okay, doesn't exactly make you different. But it looks cool and there are people who agree with me, is that really so hard to just shut up about and respect?
Sorry if it's too much to ask. But what always pisses me off is when there are all these popular Abercrombie / Hollister people who say "Hot Topic sucks" and then go out and buy stuff there behind your back. Just realize that every store has people that shop there who are cool, and people who are just plain stupid. Honestly, Hot Topic has nice, helpful people who work there, not uberly tall platinum-blond girls with short-short miniskirts who stare at you and sigh because you're not fashionable enough. I tried going into Hot Topic one day not dressed in my usual "gothic" clothing, and they still came up to me and we talked and laughed and stuff.
Maybe someday everyone in the world will learn to just live with the fact that in this world, there are people with different interests and beliefs than you. Maybe people will learn to live with and respect that.
I went shopping at Hot Topic yesterday, and they have a brand new pair of combat boots that majorly kicks ass.
by Yunie October 31, 2004
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1: (Noun) A topic that's considered to be contrevertial I.E. The second Iraqi war, gay marriage, abortion, etc.

2: (Noun) A store in various malls that sells clothes and tries to target various countercultures (I.E. Goth, Punk, Metalhead, Emo). Over the past few years, Hot Topic has gotten a reputation of forgetting it's core demographic (Urban countercultureists from ages 16-25, who are into music groups that are condisered to be too bizzare and raw to go mainstream, i.e. Danzig, Inkubus Sukkubus, The Casualties) in order to appeal to a new demographic (Suburban youths, ages 11-15, into such musical groups as AFI, Evanescence, Linkin Park who have toned down sounds in their various genres and received mainstream appeal).

3: (Adjective) Something that's not genuine, something mass produced and made to look like it's a part of a counterculture movement.

I hope the second definition is "Fair and Balanced" enough.
1: Do not talk about Ronald Reagan amongst those hippies. He's a hot topic!

2:I got this cute Avril t-shirt at Hot Topic!!

3: Your ICP t-shirt reeks of Hot Topic goth.
by ColdRedRain April 02, 2004
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