'Wayfair involved in human trafficking'; netizens react to overpriced furniture

Marco Green
July 11, 2020

Despite a lack of any factual proof behind the disturbing allegations, the story got so much attention that Wayfair issued a statement denying them.

A new row of conspiracy theories have been running wild on social media platforms, which accuse renowned furniture seller Wayfair of serving as a cover platform for human trafficking.

In less than 24 hours, the post has gone viral, with "Wayfair" trending on Twitter in the USA and the theory likely already being shared amongst your tin foil hat-wearing mates on social media.

Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? That post, like so many other conspiracy theories, offered this notion as a mere possibility and said that it would be stomach churning "if ... true".

One Twitter user who posted videos about what was happening included a disclaimer saying he wasn't claiming to know human trafficking was going on, he just wanted to show people why Wayfair was trending. Like this shit is crazy and looking at the prices of the cabinets and then seeing the names of missing kids from this year going with them is insane."-commented another Reddit user".

This post led to other users combing the Wayfair website in search of other oddities. As similar items on the website were listed for only $99, this person assumed that the only logical explanation was that the higher priced item was being used to traffic children. "Can you show this to the Federal Bureau of Investigation?" wrote one person.

Same with other things. "And they are all priced $10-15k more than the cabinet sold elsewhere". However, it takes quite a leap in logic to arrive at the conclusion that this is evidence that the store is engaged in child trafficking.

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No, Wayfair is not selling children in these exorbitantly priced storage boxes

We'll be sure to update you if any evidence is found to support the theory, but right now it seems to be nothing more than a Reddit conspiracy. Would a large business really use their official website to allow people to purchase children online? With deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell arrested just last month, however, it's easy to see why child trafficking might be on people's minds.

It's important to note that selling wildly overpriced homewares and furnishings does not immediately mean that Wayfair are involved in child sex trafficking.

"There is, of course, no truth to these claims", the company's spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

"The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced", the company said on Friday. Pointing out the overpriced furniture on the e-commerce platform, netizens linked the names of the products to the missing children.

We reached out to Wayfair for more information about the expensive pillows and shower curtains, but have yet to receive a response. This is, bizarrely, true. "They all are the same product but have different names, all female names". One cabinet, for instance, appeared on Wayfair as the "Anabel 5-shelf storage unit". While they may just sound like interesting product names, they also happen to coincide with a list of missing children. Conspiracy theorists on social media connected a series of unusual coincidences to go as far as to say that the company is linked to child trafficking, a charge the retailer has squarely denied.

The cabinets were all promptly removed from Wayfair.com shortly after the theory started to spread, which only further fuelled the conspiracy fire.

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