Is Wayfair Trafficking Children Via Overpriced Items?

The claim that Wayfair is trafficking children is based almost entirely on one person’s confusion over an expensive cabinet.


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In July 2020, some social media users accused the furniture store Wayfair of trafficking children. This very serious charge was not based on police reports, personal reports, financial reports or in-depth investigative reports. Rather, it was based on the fact that some Wayfair items were listed at exorbitant prices compared to other similar items.

This rumor appears to have emerged from the “conspiracy” section of Reddit on July 9, 2020. The report said Wayfair sold WFX utility cabinets for more than $ 10,000 and offered child trafficking as a possible explanation. In this post, as in many other conspiracy theories, this idea was proposed as a simple opportunity, and it was said that it would plow in the stomach “if … true.”

“Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets? (Note the names of the cabinets) this makes me sick to my stomach if it’s true :(“

This post has led other users to scour Wayfair for other oddities. For example, one of Twitter users found a set of pillows and shower curtains that cost $9,999. Since similar products on the website were listed for only $99, this person suggested that the only logical explanation is that the more expensive product is used to sell children.

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The Twitter user wrote:

“If you search bungalow rose a bunch of shower curtains and pillows show up priced at $9,999. Wayfair is fucking trafficking children what the FUCK

Same with other things. They all have big price jumps to like 10 grand. Wayfair also supplies the furniture at ICE detention centers, where children are going MISSING from”

Generally speaking, images showing expensive cabinets and the big differences in the prices of pillows, shower curtains and other items on the Wayfair website are real. However, in order to conclude that this is evidence that the store is selling children, a significant leap in logic is required.

In fact, the more we considered this statement, the more meaningless it seemed. Will big business really use its official website so people can buy children online? Since these items are available to everyone who has access to the Internet, could someone happen to be involved in child trafficking? Why does a child trafficking operation use a method that is so easy to track?

This statement is largely based on the idea that $10,000 is simply too expensive for the cabinet, and that there must be some other explanation – child trafficking – to justify its cost. In a statement to Newsweek, however, Wayfair noted that these were industrial-grade cabinets and that they were accurately priced. Wayfair said that they temporarily removed these items, as the accompanying descriptions do not provide an accurate explanation of the reason for the price category.

Wayfair told Newsweek in a statement:

“There is, of course, no truth to these claims. The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced. Recognizing that the photos and descriptions provided by the supplier did not adequately explain the high price point, we have temporarily removed the products from site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”

As this rumor spread on social networks, people added additional “evidence” to Wayfair’s supposedly heinous activities. For example, some claimed that a search for the storage unit number (SKU) associated with these items, preceded by the term “src usa” in the Russian search engine Yandex, returned images of little girls. This is strange, really. However, searching for almost any random string of numbers preceded by “src usa” returns similar results. We contacted Yandex for more information about the search query “src usa” and will update this article accordingly.

Others claimed that these products bore the names of missing children. For example, one cabinet appeared on Wayfair as the Anabel 5-Shelf Warehouse. This, according to proponents of this theory, corresponded with Anabel Wilson, a missing person in Kansas. While this may seem suspicious to those looking for such a model, it should be noted that approximately 800,000 children disappear each year. In other words, the fact that some of these product names coincide with the names of the missing children may simply be a coincidence.

In addition, some of the cases of missing children that this theory tried to relate to Wayfair have already been disclosed. For example, the Alivia shelf was allegedly associated with Alivia Navarro. This autistic child went missing at the age of 3 in 2013 and, unfortunately, was found dead shortly after she disappeared, drowning in a nearby pond.

The claim that Wayfair is involved in child trafficking is almost entirely based on the confusion of one person about an expensive office. This conspiracy theory, like many other conspiracy theories, began with a wild and unsubstantiated assumption that would be disgusting if it really were true. At the time of writing, there was absolutely no reliable evidence in support of this charge.


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