Sat. Aug 17th, 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 possibly can slot in a TARDIS, goes away.

In accordance with an FAQ sitting on the high of its website, ThinkGeek isn’t “shutting down,” it simply gained’t proceed on as the positioning we’ve come to know, as an alternative 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 can be shifting in with our mother or father firm GameStop. After this transfer, it is possible for you to to buy a curated choice of distinctive objects traditionally discovered on ThinkGeek.com through a ThinkGeek part at GameStop

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

ThinkGeek.com is — or, I suppose, was — a kind of retailers that was enjoyable to discover; anytime I discovered myself there, I’d inevitably lose monitor of time clicking round from class to class, usually 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, take a look at that! And that! And that!” will dwell 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 a number of back-to-back 75%-off gross sales of all clearance items, and now it seems to be 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 during which many firms discover themselves attempting a bit too exhausting to make us giggle, ThinkGeek simply all the time appeared to get it proper. They’d sprinkle their website with faux product listings for folks to come across. Issues like…

The Fortnite R/C Battle Bus:

Or the Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass:

Or the completely good Tauntaun sleeping bag (a gag that proved so widespread 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 can be honored at GameStop’s on-line and real-world areas.

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