Wayfair shoots down conspiracy theory about child sex trafficking and expensive cabinets

Marco Green
July 13, 2020

Conspiracy theorists were quick to allege that the only logical explanation for the huge price disparity between standard and monogrammed products was that the personalised versions must be involved in some sort of child sex trafficking ring.

The speculation was apparently kicked off on Reddit with user PrincessPeach1987 posting a screenshot of the furniture seller's WFX Utility cabinet collection to the site's r/conspiracy forum that highlighted the sky-high prices (between $12,699.99 and $14,499.99 for a single cabinet) and the odd names - like Samiyah, Alyvia, Yaritza, and Neriah - which allegedly matched the names of missing children. This gravely serious accusation was not based on police reports, firsthand accounts, financial records, or deep investigative reporting.

There are other products, including pillows, storage cabinets, shower curtains with exorbitant price tags.

Wayfair released a statement to Lead Stories on July 10, 2020 after the claim went viral, denying the connection to human trafficking. Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets?

There had been many who claimed that after human beings speaking about the Wayfair listings of the suspicious cabinets, the specific listing disappeared.

Same with other things. And they are priced $10k-15k extra than the cabinets offered elsewhere. This generated even more suspicion.

That said, people are really running with it 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. Seems like they are absolutely scrambling at this point. Wayfair has denied the connection to Lead Stories, stating there is "no truth to these claims" and that the "industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced".

Multiple Twitter customers posted photos of the website's steeply-priced cabinets, which customers declare are listed alongside people's names, They claimed that though the cabinets or the "large boxes" appeared like the equal product, they all had special names, in general of girls, and mainly of missing children. A site spokeswoman told Fox Business the company had "temporarily removed the products" in order to "rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos" to justify the high prices.

So, first off, it's a pretty well-known fact that Wayfair is rather expensive.

Several users, which include Redditors, suggested that when they searched the SKU codes of the suspected gadgets on the Russian search engine Yandex, the search consequences produced pictures of little girls. This is, bizarrely, true.

This is a very unusual one, but it looks like people on social media have now allegedly linked the interior design company, Wayfair to Ghislaine Maxwell and child sex trafficking.

Furthermore, some of the missing children cases this theory attempted to connect to Wayfair have already been solved.

Wayfair, the e-commerce retailer that sells furniture and home-goods, has found itself at the center of a conspiracy theory after users noticed overpriced furniture listed on its website under certain names. It's just such a wild conspiracy theory.

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