I have never set foot in a hot topic until last year on the first date with my current girlfriend when we went to the mall among other places. I used to associate it with hipster wannabes who were still in middle school, but they actually sell some pretty decent stuff. I like their candy selection and they do have buy 1 get 1 free deals. I think this was the only place I ever seen someone sell the Megaman E-tank energy drink. They also have some cool shirt designs from many fan favorite TV shows, movies, and video games. They also sell lingerie but it's not stuff for a modest girlfriend or wife to wear. Take them to Victoria's secret or a department store not here.
I did get a chuckle when me, my girlfriend, my brother, and his girlfriend walked in there one day, and we saw a cop lingerie/costume, and my brother teased his girlfriend about wearing one since she wants to be a K-9 officer. That's almost as funny as when she wanted to buy a K-9 t-shirt at chimney rock in NC but didn't get it after she noticed "dogglestyle unit" on it. Hot Topic is alright I guess, but kinda like Invader Zim and Nightmare Before Christmas, some of their fanbase may I say "annoying"?