Sad 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 would slot in a TARDIS, goes away.
According to an FAQ sitting at the top of its site, ThinkGeek isn’t “shutting down,” it simply received’t proceed on as the location we’ve come to know, as a substitute dwelling 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 might be transferring in with our dad or mum firm GameStop. After this transfer, it is possible for you to to buy a curated collection of distinctive objects 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 approach a few cabinets in GameStop will have the ability 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 suppose, was — a type 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 most likely didn’t want. Hopefully that sense of “Oooh, look at that! And that! And that!” will reside on in no matter part springs up on GameStop’s website.
The firm 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 appears like they’ve marked issues down 50% site-wide to clear the warehouses.
Perhaps most of all, we’ll miss ThinkGeek’s April Fools’ day gags. On a day wherein many corporations discover themselves making an attempt a bit too onerous to make us snort, ThinkGeek simply all the time appeared to get it proper. They’d sprinkle their website with pretend product listings for folks to come upon. Things 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):
ThinkGeek says it’ll nonetheless take return requests for orders made earlier than June 13th, and that any ThinkGeek reward playing cards you’ve bought sitting round might be honored at GameStop’s on-line and real-world areas.