I think it's pretty common for the vast majority of brands/retailers to give their employees at least some type of discount or sale opportunities -- that's usually one of the biggest perks of working there. I remember reading on another thread here on TPF that Chanel does hold employee sales. Of course, I have no clue about the authenticity of this particular bag, but it actually makes sense to me that it would be missing the authenticity sticker/card -- what better way does Chanel have of preventing its employees from flipping discounted merchandise once their employment has ended than by removing the authenticity labels? Because buyers will be highly skeptical and far less likely to pay close to retail on a bag that is missing those things. I've also heard of retailers marking through or removing labels on deeply discounted merchandise to prevent it from being resold ... so this scenario actually sounds plausible to me.