I stopped at a local gas station this morning and noticed that, right next to the "US Marine Corps" cigarette lighters, there was one box of "Iraqi Most Wanted" playing cards (made in Taiwan). I asked the guy how they were selling (I resisted the temptation to buy one) and he said that they sold well and he only had a few left. Then I spot this article in The New York Times (the Business Section) about how the selling of these cards was conducted and marketed on the internet: "Just as the Iraqi war showed off the power and speed of America’s high-tech weapons, the marketing of the Iraqi cards showed the ability of the Internet and e-mail to promote a product with overwhelming force." Good story of how a million decks of cards was sold within one month, without any plans to do so. The dark side of the story has to do with spam, which is how it started.
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