Despite all of the negatives of repackaging classics as overpriced junk, Hot Topic does have it's positives.
Earlier this year, I wandered in searching for body jewelery. I was given great service in selecting what I wanted. Their prices are very reasonable. I paid $15 for a 6 pack of eyebrow rings. Compared to the $16 I would pay at my piercing parlor whenever I would lose a ball off the bar, it's a bargain.
Additionally, when I went there they had some bargain priced clearance items in the back of the store. If you buy things on sale, you can certainly expand your wardrobe at a reasonable cost.