The store sells upon stereotypes of a certain genre or scene and builds a fashion base around it.
They claim to be "Everything About the Music" yet sell mainly Nintendo retro and otaku based shirts. While they do have a large array of band shirts, atleast 10 of them are by the same band, whichever is most marketable at the time.
Also there you can find a good deal of "anarchy" items for anywhere from $10-25.
In 2004 alone, Hot Topic's revenue was $656,470,000.
If you really want to be rebellious and original, pick up a needle and thread and hit up a thrift store.
Their logic is also completely flawed in the fact that because Hot Topic's prices are somewhat low (well compared to many mall stores) and many teens have an urge to be "different" many teenagers shop there, thus making it the same "clone-wear" that people who wear "trendy" labels are classified as.
So basically what I'm trying to say is, wear what you think is cool and don't judge others on what they choose to wear. If you think your any more original (or better as some people think) wearing X brand instead of Y brand then your only fooling yourself and making yourself look arrogant.
Hot Topic is a punkfest!
Hot Topic is a store, you assholes!!