Known for buying up odd offerings on eBay and other auctions, as well as for paying women to tattoo their name on foreheads and pregnant bellies, Golden Palace recently fell victim to a phony-bid-and-retraction scam involving a candy wrapper in what is known as a "sniper trap". One would think, of course, that an online casinos company like Golden Palace which wagers on grilled cheese sandwiches reportedly bearing an image of the Virgin Mary would display more caution when bidding thousands of dollars on a candy wrapper. But then, such thoughts could also mean that we expect too much of online casinos sometimes.
The crazy bids and purchases by Golden Palace represent what is generally a winning tactic by the online casinos company in the extremely crowded and competitive advertising world that exists alongside to and complements the ever-growing online casinos gambling industry. Rather than spending hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars on ad campaigns, simple purchases like a bloodied bandage - once worn by current Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon when he was a soldier in the Israeli army - for mere thousands of dollars is cheaper and more effective publicity than some of the biggest, most "noteworthy" campaigns out there.
Oddly, the scam was pointed out to Golden Palace not by an online casinos observer, but Iraq Museum International, a volunteer organization dedicated to recovering artifacts stolen from Iraq's National Museum in Baghdad by looters following the invasion of U.S. and allied forces in 2003 and the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's regime there. The Iraq Museum International monitors online auctioneer sites for any offerings which emerge from the black market, ancient artifacts which are illegal to sell or buy and which are desperately wanted back by the Iraqi National Museum. It seems, though, that not only is the Iraq Museum International looking out for Iraq's heritage, but for the reputation of the Golden Palace online casinos site.