Unhappy information for anybody who loves geeky items and top-notch April Fools’ jokes: ThinkGeek.com, the 20 yr outdated on-line retailer identified for promoting extra geek-centric devices and peripherals than you possibly can slot in a TARDIS, goes away.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 positioning we’ve come to know, as a substitute dwelling on as a shadow of its former self as a bit in GameStop (which acquired ThinkGeek in 2015 for $140M.)
Says the FAQ:
On July 2nd, 2019, ThinkGeek.com shall be shifting in with our mum or dad firm GameStop. After this transfer, it is possible for you to to buy a curated collection of distinctive gadgets 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 method a few cabinets in GameStop will have the ability to cowl the array of fandoms that ThinkGeek.com coated. From Marvel, to Star Wars, to Potter, to Tolkien, it coated an entire lot of (fan)bases in a single swoop.
ThinkGeek.com is — or, I assume, was — a type of outlets that was enjoyable to discover; anytime I discovered myself there, I’d inevitably lose observe 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 most likely didn’t want. Hopefully that sense of “Oooh, take 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 US will keep open.
This information comes after a couple 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% website vast to clear the warehouses.
Maybe most of all, we’ll miss ThinkGeek’s April Fools’ day gags. On a day during which many corporations discover themselves making an attempt a bit too arduous to make us snicker, ThinkGeek simply at all times appeared to get it proper. They’d sprinkle their website with pretend product listings for individuals to encounter. 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):