Wed. Jun 26th, 2019

ThinkGeek.com to shut, changed as a piece of GameStop

Unhappy information for anybody who loves geeky items and top-notch April Fools’ jokes: ThinkGeek.com, the 20-year-old on-line retailer identified for promoting extra geek-centric devices and peripherals than you might slot in a TARDIS, goes away.

In accordance to an FAQ sitting on the prime of its website, ThinkGeek isn’t “shutting down,” it simply gained’t proceed on as the location we’ve come to know, as a substitute residing on as a shadow of its former self as a piece in GameStop (which acquired ThinkGeek in 2015 for a reported $140 million.)

Says the FAQ:

On July 2nd, 2019, ThinkGeek.com will probably be shifting in with our guardian firm GameStop. After this transfer, it is possible for you to to buy a curated collection of distinctive gadgets traditionally discovered on ThinkGeek.com by way of a ThinkGeek part at GameStop

The phrase “curated” is fairly key, there, as a result of there’s simply no manner a few cabinets in GameStop will be capable to cowl the array of fandoms that ThinkGeek.com lined. From Marvel, to Star Wars, to Potter, to Tolkien, it lined a complete lot of (fan)bases in a single swoop.

ThinkGeek.com is — or, I assume, was — a kind of retailers that was enjoyable to discover; anytime I discovered myself there, I’d inevitably lose observe of time clicking round from class to class, typically throwing down a bank card for some Star Wars shirt or Aperture Science pint glass I in all probability didn’t want. Hopefully that sense of “Oooh, have a look at that! And that! And that!” will reside on in no matter part springs up on GameStop’s website.

The corporate additionally says that the 40 standalone ThinkGeek retail shops dotting the U.S. will keep open.

This information comes after just a few back-to-back 75%-off gross sales of all clearance items, and now it seems like they’ve marked issues down 50% site-wide to clear the warehouses.

Maybe most of all, we’ll miss ThinkGeek’s April Fools’ day gags. On a day through which many corporations discover themselves making an attempt a bit too arduous to make us snort, ThinkGeek simply at all times appeared to get it proper. They’d sprinkle their website with faux product listings for individuals to bump into. Issues like…

The Fortnite R/C Battle Bus:

Or the Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass:

Or the completely sensible Tauntaun sleeping bag (a gag that proved so standard that they ended up making and promoting them for some time):

Alas.

ThinkGeek says it’ll nonetheless take return requests for orders made earlier than June 13th, and that any ThinkGeek reward playing cards you’ve acquired sitting round will probably be honored at GameStop’s on-line and real-world places.

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