Is Wayfair Trafficking Children Via Overpriced Items?
In July 2020, some social media users accused the Wayfair furniture store of child trafficking. This very serious charge was not based on police reports, direct accounts, financial records or comprehensive investigation reports. Instead, it was based on the fact that some Wayfair items were listed at exorbitant prices compared to other similar items.
These rumors appear to come from the “intrigue” section of Reddit on July 9, 2020. This message indicated that Wayfair was selling WFX utility cabinets priced above $ 10,000 and offered child trafficking as a possible explanation. This post, like many other conspiracy theories, presented this idea as a mere possibility and said it would be boring “so … well.”
In general, the photos showing expensive cabinets and large price differences on pillows, shower curtains and other items on the Wayfair website are real. However, it takes a big leap of logic to come to the conclusion that this proves that the store is involved in child trafficking.
In fact, the more we think about this statement, the more ridiculous it becomes. Will a very large company use its official website to allow people to buy children online? Since these articles are accessible to anyone with access to the Internet, is it not possible that someone is accidentally involved in child trafficking? Why is child trafficking an easy method to follow?
This claim is largely based on the idea that $ 10,000 is simply too expensive for the firm, and that there must be another explanation – child trafficking – to justify its cost. Wayfair said in a statement to Newsweek that these were industrial-grade safes and that their prices were right. Wayfair stated that it had temporarily removed these items as the attached descriptions did not exactly explain the reason for the price.
We contacted Wayfair for more information on expensive pillows and shower cushions, but we have yet to receive a response.
As these rumors spread through social media, people agreed with additional “clues” to Wayfair’s alleged harmful activities. For example, some have claimed that the search for the SKU number associated with these items preceded by the term “src usa” on the Russian search engine Yandex returned images of a small child. It’s strange, no. However, searching for a random series of numbers preceded by “src usa” gives similar results. We have contacted Yandex for more information on the search term “src usa”, and we will update this article accordingly.
Others have claimed that these products are named after the lost children. For example, a cabinet appeared on Wayfair under the name of “Anabel Storage 5 Shelf”. This, according to proponents of this theory, corresponds to Annabel Wilson who got lost in Kansas. While this may seem suspicious to those looking for a model, it should be noted that around 800,000 children are lost each year. In other words, the fact that some of these product names are identical to the names of lost children can easily be a coincidence.
In addition, some cases of missing children that this theory has attempted to link to Wayfair have already been resolved. The “Alyvia” shelf, for example, was supposed to be connected to Alyvia Navarro. This autistic child was lost at the age of 3 in 2013, and unfortunately he was found dead shortly after his disappearance, after drowning in a nearby pond.
The claim that Wayfair sells children is almost entirely based on a person’s confusion over an expensive wardrobe. This conspiracy theory, like many conspiracy theories, started with an unfounded and unruly assumption that would be a disease if it were actually true. At the time of this writing, no credible evidence has been provided to support this accusation.