If you haven’t already seen photos and other things of the sort circling online about this Wayfair human trafficking theory, you must live under a rock because it’s everywhere. While there are lots of people who deeply believe this theory there are also some who are not quite convinced.
Basically on Wayfair, there were some containers or cabinets of sorts posted for very expensive prices which when compared to the same thing or other things that were similar seemed to be very overpriced. For instance, a 2 thousand dollar cabinet would be listed for 13 thousand. Something odd about these listings as well was that some of them had names of missing people added to the title. This sparked people online to do some digging and well, from there the human trafficking conspiracy theory about Wayfair was born.
People are suspecting that they’re selling people in these large boxes/storage cabinets on Wayfair. They all are the same product but have different names, all female names. And they are all priced $10-15k more than the cabinet sold elsewhere. #ChildTrafficking pic.twitter.com/xD1PEY8RfN
— ♡🎀《 Plushy 》🎀♡ (@UnicornPlushy) July 9, 2020
What do yall think about this? Wildly coincidence or something sinister? I feel like some of their names are kind of unique so it can’t be coincidental. But would sex traffickers be that dumb to use their real names?? pic.twitter.com/hJcVYgIj3j
— ♡🎀《 Plushy 》🎀♡ (@UnicornPlushy) July 10, 2020
While a lot of people seem to think something fishy is going on the company claims there is no truth to this theory. The internet has taken hold of it and things don’t seem to be dying down anytime soon. That all having been said, the items have since been removed from the site/app so really diving deeper into things isn’t as simple.
Wayfair told Newsweek as follows 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.”
According to BBC the reason some of these products had missing children names was some kind of coincidence. BBC noted that according to Wayfair their company uses an algorithm to name its products. Wayfair also set a similar statement to BBC when they too reached out. While this theory is at the moment just a theory, no matter what is said lots of people believe there is a lot of truth to it.
BBC reported as follows on the topic:
It acknowledged that the high prices listed may have led to confusion, but says the particular cabinets are large “industrial size” items meant for business or commercial use.
A spokesperson told BBC News: “We have temporarily removed the products from our site to rename them and to provide a more in-depth description and photos that accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”
There are also baseless claims that personalized pillows which can cost up to $10,000 are that expensive because it involves trafficking a child.
Wayfair has refuted this and put it down to a price glitch on their website. The same sorts of glitches can be seen sometimes with other online sellers.
What do you think about this theory? Do you think it is just that a theory or do you think it’s somehow true? I for one am somewhat on the fence.