We call Hot Topic a JAFBR - ‘just another fucking big retailer’ who knows nothing about Anime but is trying to cash in on this weeks hot niche in the market to try to bring a little more ‘coolness’ to their catalog. I love how they list the charms and scrolls as ‘imported’ even though they are just stuff Great Eastern makes here for the North American market under license. Sure, they are imported - from a factory in China.
Someone should tell them that in the Anime community ‘imported’ means produced in Japan or produced specifically for the Japanese market, and ‘not imported’ means produced for sale everywhere else under license. They also list that stuff as ‘hot topic exclusives’, which of course, is total bullshit.