If you were planning to start off your weekend with a casual online Balenciaga purchase Friday morning, you may have noticed that the site is down, as it has been since sometime Thursday afternoon, shortly after shoppers discovered a glitch that caused a number of bags' prices to be mislabeled. The bags were priced at a fraction of retail -- under $200 in some cases -- and according to the Twittersphere, it was total mayhem.
While it appears the site went down pretty quickly, some say they were able to snatch up bags in time. Erika Brickley told Refinery29's Connie Wang that five of her friends were able to make purchases.
However, it seems unlikely that those purchases will actually reach them. One enraged customer already had her order canceled.
A similar incident occurred just a couple of days ago when Lucky Brand inadvertently leaked an employee discount code that allowed shoppers to purchase jeans for one cent per pair. Lucky Brand decided not to fulfill those orders, eliciting a slew of angry Tweets from shoppers who wanted their almost-free jeans.
Given that Balenciaga stands to lose a lot more money by honoring these orders -- most of the luxury brand's bags are priced in the $1,500 to $3,000 range -- shoppers probably won't end up with more than a story to tell their friends.
A rep for Balenciaga did not return our multiple requests for comment.
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