A strange, convoluted conspiracy theory has taken over social media. It seems to have originated with members of the QAnon community, a social media underground rife with conspiracies. They are now claiming that Wayfair sells human children inside their storage cabinets as part of a trafficking ring.
Inside the Conspiracy Theory
The original tweet that started it all showed a screenshot of a Wayfair product page. “My spidey senses are tingling,” the poster wrote. “What’s with these ‘storage cabinets?’ Extremely high prices, all listed with girls’ names & identical units selling for different amounts.”
It seems like the kind of thing that must be a joke, but some people are taking the claim very seriously. The Wayfair conspiracy picked up steam when it was shared in a Reddit group earlier this month. Users were skeptical about the prices of the cabinets, which can be more than $12,000. However, the fact that some of the cabinets share a name with actual missing children became the “smoking gun” to the conspiracy theorists.
Snopes.com refutes this by pointing out that 800,000 children go missing every year. “The fact that some of these product names were the same as the first names of children who had gone missing could easily be nothing more than a coincidence,” one myth debunker posted on the site.
What’s truly shocking is that this conspiracy seems to be based on one person’s misguided tweet. It truly shows the power of social media to spread these kinds of stories. QAnon followers believe that there are layers upon layers of conspiracies by the “deep state.” The group’s beliefs defy logic, combining science fiction, magical thinking, and religious concepts into what has been described as “a deranged conspiracy cult” by the Washington Post.
Wayfair Issues a Statement
Wayfair explained that the cabinets in question are large, industrial-sized units–hence the price. They temporarily pulled the cabinets from their website in order to rewrite the descriptions and add more photos that “accurately depict the product to clarify the price point.”
The company also issued a blanket denial of any truth to the conspiracy theory.
“There is, of course, no truth to these claims,” a Wayfair spokesperson said.
“As a major consumer brand, we respond to customer questions every day, however, it is unfortunate when false allegations become a distraction when there are so many more important issues that matter to our employees and our customers that we as a company are focused on.”