Wayfair Human Trafficking Conspiracy

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A conspiracy surrounding the online furniture store Wayfair surfaced on Reddit. The theory developed when someone discovered on the Wayfair website, that ordinary items were being listed for $8,000-15,000, according to an Insider on July 13, 2020.

The conspirator posted the unsubstantiated story on a subreddit known as r/conspiracy. It seemed almost plausible since the products listed were suspiciously similar to those of children who had disappeared — some less than a month prior.

Wayfair immediately denied the allegations from the conspirators, saying: “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.”

Although the products may be industrial grade, many were still suspicious as $10,000 seems like an incredible amount to pay for a single cabinet. There has been no explanation of why these products were named in such a way and there has been minimal explanation on why they were priced so highly, so for some the conspiracy still holds true.

Another suspicious example is the listing of a Duprey Zodiac pillow for $19,998. Though the curiosities continue, in the product description it says “With bold, Old-World influence, Bungalow Rose lends a faraway feel to any space. (No passport required!)” While the description seems normal, this inclusion of not needing a passport again draws suspicion. Sometime later, this product page was altered to change to $20,000 price tag, to $32.49.

Although this theory has been pronounced false by Wayfair, fact-checkers, Snopes, and extremist researchers, the curious circumstances that began the conspiracy still make people wonder, and people will wonder until an actual explanation of the naming system or the ridiculous pricing or the weird wording occurs.

Written by Joseph Nelson
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


INSIDER: How the Wayfair human-trafficking conspiracy theory grew out of QAnon

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