- The theory claims Wayfair may be trafficking children through high priced Cabinets
- The products in question have been taken off the site
- Wayfair has made a statement addressing the conspiracy theory
For liability purposes; There’s no proof to any of these claims. That’s why its labeled a conspiracy theory.
The theory originated yesterday on a Reddit post by PrincessPeach1987, and has since blown up on social media. There’s an overwhelming volume of information to read through; I’ve collected some of the major claims and described them here;
Storage cabinets are being sold by WFX Utility for over $10,000 with the same names of missing children
WFX Utility is owned by Wayfair, here is the trademark filed on 2018-07-12
A trademark is a type of intellectual property consisting of a recognizable sign, design, or expression which identifies products or services of a particular source.
Upon googling the product line I discovered that WFX Utility products are also sold by Walmart, with limited selection and storage cabinets not included. The retail giant only has a few of WFX Utility’s large product line listed. Furthermore, WFX Utility has no independent website or social media page as Wayfair embeds the product line within it’s master store.
Around this time last year, Wayfair employees were protesting an apparent sale of children’s beds to border detention camps;
CNBC reported more than 500 Wayfair employees signed on to a petition and are trying to rally support for a walkout Wednesday to protest the company’s apparent sale of $200,000 of mattresses to a detention camp for migrant children along the Mexican border.
The company sold the mattresses on June 13 to a charity group that works as a federal contractor managing some of the camps along the southern border, according to a copy of the sales receipt obtained by CNBC and verified by an employee. The roughly 1,600 mattresses and 100 bunk beds are scheduled to arrive in Carrizo Springs, Texas, on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the receipt.
Organizers, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the company, have posted a copy of a letter they sent to management as well as the company’s response to a Twitter account called Wayfairwalkout. They are trying to pressure the company into severing its relationship with Baptist Child and Family Services, the nonprofit that placed the order and is helping to furnish the detention center.
“The United States government and its contractors are responsible for the detention and mistreatment of thousands of migrants seeking asylum in our country,” the employees wrote in an undated letter organizers said was signed by 547 employees. “We want to be sure that Wayfair has no part in enabling, supporting, or profiting from this practice.”-Wayfair employee activist
Wayfair’s CEO Niraj Shah owns a children’s foundation. It’s called Shah Family Foundation
Using Yandex(a google-like search engine owned by a Russian multinational corporation), numerous social media users discovered something stomach turning when they searched the SKU of certain Wayfair products; the search engine displayed pictures of young girls.
It’s important to note this isn’t limited to WFX Utility, as you can see in the picture on the left the SKU is from an Executive Desk made by Brayden Studio being sold for $15,999.99. This is just one example of several that are circulating social media.
Here’s what Wayfair has to say;
Wayfair told Heavy in an emailed statement: “There is, of course, no truth to these claims. The products in question are industrial grade cabinets that are accurately priced.” The company explained why the items in question had been removed from the site.
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.-Wayfair
The conspiracy is being met with criticism, including from Samiyah Mumin who is alive and well
“Who are you? How are you going to post about me being missing when you don’t even know me?-Samiyah Mumin
Victoria Brownworth is an investigative journalist, and self proclaimed real life socialist.
I’d like to note that Wayfair isn’t the only big box retailer selling extremely expensive cabinets, Walmart has one too.
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