First of all, Hot Topic sells clothing. Not gothic clothing nor preppy clothing, just clothing. In the early years of Hot Topic, the clothing appealed to many goths, but because of high prices and cheap quality, the real goths quickly turned away. Most true goths create their own clothing. Still, some goths do wear clothing from Hot Topic, but it does not make them goths. Any person who believes they are a goth because they wear clothing from Hot Topic is a poser. I want to be very clear on this.