WAYFAIR BLASTS CONSPIRACY THEORY ABOUT CHILD SEX TRADE, CABINETS
Wayfair on Friday rejected a conspiracy theory involving sex-trafficking allegations and expensive cabinets listed on its website, Hayley Peterson wrote for Business Insider early on Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Social-media users shared screenshots of the cabinets, which cost upward of $14,000, and speculated that the items were in fact missing children who could be purchased through Wayfair's website. "There is, of course, no truth to these claims," a Wayfair spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider. "The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced."
A Reddit user flagged the cabinets as suspicious on Thursday and posted screenshots of their sale prices of between $12,699.99 and $14,499.99. "Is it possible Wayfair involved in Human trafficking with their WFX Utility collection? Or are these just extremely overpriced cabinets?" the user wrote. Some social-media users said the names of the cabinets — Neriah, Yaritza, Samiyah, and Alyvia — appeared to match the names of missing children. After the post picked up steam on social media, the cabinet listings suddenly disappeared from Wayfair's website. This generated even more suspicion.
Wayfair said there was nothing nefarious about the cabinets, however. "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."