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Bag News: Balenciaga's Website Glitch Misprices Handbags, Hermes Gets Robbed

A Balenciaga handbag, presumably purchased at full price

Thursday was not a good day for bags.

Balenciaga and Hermes are having a terrible, horrible, really bad, no good day after two separate bag-related catastrophes on Thursday.

Thieves made off with 500 Hermes bags (valued collectively at $1.07 million) after robbing a packaging and logistics facility northwest of Paris on Thursday evening. According to WWD, a group of six individuals forced the lone manager at the supply space to load the bags onto a truck before they fled in two vehicles.

The products, which included canvas and leather handbags ranging from $500 to $5,000, still were missing as of Friday afternoon.

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Over at Balenciaga, a website glitch caused pricy leather handbags to be listed at a heavily discounted price for approximately 45 minutes. And by heavily discounted, we're talking thousands of dollars off suggested retail. Handbags, backpacks and totes, usually retailing between roughly $1,000 to $3,000 each, were listed as low as $155. Savvy shoppers scrambled at the opportunity to make a purchase, with some orders going though. Fashionista reported that one woman's order already had been canceled, and, understandably, consumers are not happy about it.

As of Friday afternoon, Balenciaga's website is still down, and representatives of the brand have yet to comment on whether or not they'll honor the discounted prices.

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