Top 10 Most Popular Darknet Marketplaces

Calling all potential or current dark web sellers and buyers! Looking for the most popular markets on the dark web? Looking for your dream market? Today we outline the hottest online marketplaces on the dark web as of right now.

That’s right, we’ve swept out the cobwebs and there’s no more shut down markets on our updated list. Find out where is best to sell and buy online here.

Find your dream market. Check out our list below of the top ten most popular online black markets.

Quick Privacy Note: If you are using or wish to use any of the darknet markets then you need to be doubling up your security by combining the use of a good VPN with Tor. The Tor browser is not good enough by itself. The feds have been using many different ways lately to de-anonymize Tor users, if you also use a VPN then you have a double layer of security that protects your identity. You can check out what the good VPN’s are by clicking here.

1. AlphaBay

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AlphaBay is still the heaviest hitter in the game when it comes to the online black markets. Since its launch in November of 2014 it has grown to become the number one choice with buyers and sellers worldwide, with over 230,000 users. Unfortunately, this has led to a high number of scammers operating on the market, so if you’re buying on AlphaBay, remember to tread carefully.

AlphaBay URLhttp://alphabaywyjrktqn.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/alphabay/
User Guide: http://alphabaymarket.com/alphabay-market-guide/

 

2. Nucleus Market

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Nucleus is another well used marketplace that has been around since late 2014. The site has many users but mixed reviews. In December 2015, many vendors were simply locked out of their accounts, sparking rumors of admins stealing Bitcoin. Nucleus has apparently resolved the issues now.

Nucleus is GONE. They performed and EXIT SCAM and took everyone’s bitcoins with them.

Nucleus Market URLhttp://nucleuspf3izq7o6.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/nucleus-market/
User Guide: http://nucleusmarket.org/

 

2. Dream Market

Dream Market
Dream Market is a smaller marketplace than say Nucleus or AlphaBay; however, the quality of sellers and their products appears to be quite good. Dream Market has many refugees from the now defunct Agora marketplace. There is a higher commission on sales than other markets, with Dream Market taking 4% overall.

Dream Market URL:   http://ltxocqh4nvwkofil.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dream-market-guide
User Guide: https://dreammarketdrugs.com/guide-on-how-to-access-the-dream-market-url/

 

3. Silk Road 3.0

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Silk Road 3.0 has been up and running for a while now. It didn’t take long after silk Road 2.0 was shut down for the next to rise up and take its name. For as long as there are Darknet Markets I think there will always be a Silk Road because of the name. Silk Road 3.0 has been growing in popularity and now has tons of listings. The fact that it is not getting a lot of publicity and not many people are talking abou tit is a good thing.

Silk Road 3.0 Market URL:   http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion/
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/silk-road-3/
User Guide: http://silkroaddrugs.org/guide-on-how-to-access-the-silk-road-3-0

 

4. Crypto Market

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Apparently brought to you by the same team as Silk Road 3.0 – it also shares databases with the site. It is unclear whether the site is a good place to trade or not. The site itself has had significant downtime recently – apparently for upgrades, but who can be sure?

Crypto Market URLhttp://cryptomktgxdn2zd.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/crypto-market/
User Guidehttp://silkroaddrugs.org/crypto-market-guide/

 

 

 

 

5. Outlaw Market

Outlaw Market
Not pulling any punches, Outlaw Market is for outlawed goods. Available since 2013, it is one of the smaller marketplaces around, and has had mixed reviews. There seems to be a bigger community of Dutch users here.

Outlaw Market URLhttp://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion/indxx1.php
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/outlaw-market/

 

6. RAMP

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Speak Russian? Neither do we! RAMP stands for the Russian Anonymous Marketplace – and as such, is all in Russian. RAMP is the longest running darknet market still alive, founded in late 2012. The marketplace is forum based and apparently contains a lot of light drugs along with a few hard drugs, with dealers from Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine.

RAMP URLhttp://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

7. Valhalla (Silkkitie)

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Valhalla, previously the Finnish marketplace Silkkitie is now available as English language, too. The site operates on an invite only system, which reportedly brings about more safety in trades. The marketplace has a nice layout, too.
To join Valhalla you’ll need an invite to join up though.

Valhalla (Silkkitie) URLhttp://silkkitiehdg5mug.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

8. Darknet Heroes League

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With a name like Darknet Heroes League, you’d expect these guys to be a fantasy league of some sort, but no. The market contains a very small amount of vendors who have apparently been invited to sell on the platform. The site has a clean interface.

Darknet Heroes League URLhttp://darkheroesq46awl.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

9. Hansa Market
hansaHansa has only been online a few months, but so far, the reviews look good. Obviously, as it is a new marketplace, their as not as many vendors as others but it is progressively growing. The site proposes to be a more secure marketplace – so that admins cannot run away with the funds. Plus, the interface is very easy to get the hang of.

Hansa Market URLhttp://hansamkt3iph6sbb.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, check out some of the above marketplaces to find your dream market on the dark web. Each marketplace will have their strengths and weaknesses, and which one you choose is up to you. We recommend reading about marketplace scams that exist before getting involved in buying or selling anything online.

And now good luck, and may you all find your dream market!

Dream Market And The Virtual Currency Bitcoin

A lot of people think that Google and other search engines have the power to index most web pages for a certain search query. However, the truth is that there is a large part of the internet that Google’s crawling spiders cannot access. This untraceable part by crawling spiders is known as the Dark Web. Despite dark web being linked to cyber-criminals, it is also vastly used by people with good intentions such as whistle-blowers, bloggers, bitcoin enthusiasts, and other individuals that prefer to have their online practices done beneath the surface of the internet.

Technically, anything from firearms to illegal drugs can be bought or sold on Bitcoin. Ideally, e-commerce on the dark web is completely dependent on bitcoin. Although a lot of darknet markets such as Dream Market sell illicit drugs, there are those that are fully geared towards marketing their legal products and services.

So, what is Bitcoin?

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Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is created electronically. This currency is not controlled by anyone. It is not printed just like euros or dollars. With bitcoin, you can freely buy things online; meaning it is the same thing as buying with other currencies the likes of dollars that are also traded digitally. However, what makes Bitcoin different is the fact that it is decentralized. In fact, there is no institution or body that controls the bitcoin network. Bitcoin was founded by Satoshi Nakamoto, who is a software developer. The idea was to give rise to the independence of the currency, free from central authority, one that would electronically transfer payments almost instantly with low transaction rates.

Here, the virtual currency Bitcoin has been based on mathematics as opposed to other currencies that are presented in the form of silver or gold. Today, so many businesses and individuals are using mathematical formula software programs to produce bitcoins. Some of the key characteristics that set it apart from other currencies include:

  • It is an easy set up – Unlike conventional currencies that are governed by bureaucracy where setting up an account is a tough task; here, setting up an address will only take you a few seconds. Also, you are charged no fees for setting up, and no questions are asked.
  • Anonymity – If you wish, you can hold as many accounts as you want. All the addresses are not linked to any names or personal identity.
  • Decentralization – Here, the network is governed by one central authority. Should any network go offline, the money keeps flowing!
  • Transparency – Every detail that concerns the network on transactions is stored. In fact, if you have any publicly used bitcoin, anyone can tell how many bitcoins the address has.
  • It makes quick transactions – Immediately your bitcoin payment is processed, it is delivered in a matter of minutes anywhere you want.

Dream Market

The dark web is today famous for its online black markets. In these markets, intrepid shoppers are free to use bitcoin alongside other cryptocurrency to buy anything they want. Dream Market is an online black market that offers drugs, drug paraphernalia, digital goods, and even erotica. Before accessing sites such as Dream Market, it is advised to always have a VPN (with good encryption) and be sure to use it with Tor. Using VPN along with Tor will make one’s online activity anonymous.

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Although not many dark web users have learned of it, Dream Market remains to be the oldest dark web marketplace. Dream Market was created to support the free market trade around the world. With it operating regardless of jurisdiction, the market no longer follows the local regulations. This means one can very easily get products that are not legalized in their country. It is in a line of escrow markets supporting the Tor network and the Bitcoin currency.

Anyone can browse the Dream Market, but cannot sell or buy without an account. Here, just like in other marketplaces, bitcoin is the leading currency.

Guardian Australia Joins Global Drug Survey

Guardian Australia is partnering with the Global Drug Survey, as part of a global effort to gather information and evidence about drug use, related attitudes and treatment. The partnership seeks to contract thousands of Australians in what is dubbed the most comprehensive study of drug-use habits in the world.

Global Drug Survey
In 2014, more than 4,000 Australians joined hands with more than 100,000 people from different countries to take part in the survey. The survey was founded in 2011, by Adam Winstock – a top consultant addictions psychiatrist.

For the first time ever, the Global Survey is joining hands with Guardian Australia this year. The results of the survey are expected to provide a clear picture of how drugs are being used in Australia and the people that are using them. The results of the survey are also going to be compared with those that are taken in other countries around the world.

Adam, who has previously worked in Australia and the United Kingdom, said the results had given an insight into some of the places where people get their drugs; the drugs that are becoming very popular, the drugs that are commonly linked with emergency medical treatment; and common attitudes towards drug use.

Adam also added that the survey also provided researchers with concrete evidence that could be used against government statements, which could at times skew a drugs-issue scale. He noted that while ice (crystal meth) is still a matter of public health concern and is clogging up emergency resources in Australia, it allows governments to keep on saying, “Here is a huge problem, and we have the ability to make it better.”

Marijuana PlantAdam said, “In short, the only statements you ever come across in the news is that drugs are causing disasters and chaos, and this has therefore become a way of political parties to ‘act’ tough and grandstanding.”

A national ice taskforce was launched in April by the federal government. And, while the use of methamphetamine has remained unchanged at about 2 percent of the population, the survey indicates users are by far favoring ice (the most potent form). Its potency means that users are more likely to harm themselves as well as other people. However, the research indicates that a far bigger proportion of the population has problems with cannabis, alcohol, and prescription medicines.

There are some people who used drugs but never ended up being addicts and others who wanted more info about the drugs they used. Adam noted that hearing from this group was important in understanding the drug interaction among most Australians.

The survey is independent and not in any way funded by the government. It is totally about offering evidence as well as information meant to be of benefit to the public.

The 2015 survey brought to light the number of people buying drugs online via the “darknet” – an online network that requires special software in order to access.

Over 11,750 respondents claimed to have bought drugs online, and 2,938 of those said they did so in the year 2014. The data showed a year-on-year rise, and consumers reported it is a safer and better way to purchase drugs than on the streets.

The darknet isn’t going away soon, and its appeal to Australians is very huge. In fact, most people started purchasing drugs online than ever before in 2014, despite the closure of Silk Road in 2013.

Silk Road was the first major and most popular online drugs website, but was closed down in October 2013 by the FBI. Following its closure, Ross Ulbricht (its creator), was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2015 for his role in the website. The FBI claimed that over 100,000 people had used the website to purchase drugs.

The survey also pointed out the harm brought about by “designer drugs” – synthetic products produced as substitutes to drugs like LSD and cannabis and which aim to emulate their effects.

According to the researchers taking part in the survey, the best argument for Australia drug law reforms may be the existence of synthetic drugs. The survey found that synthetic cannabis products are more likely to cause people to seek emergency medical treatment compared to any other drug. Actually, 65% of those who attempted to stop using drugs reported withdrawal symptoms according to the research.

Abraxas Vanished – Dream Market Rising Up

With the recent vanishing of online marketplace Abraxas in an assumed exit scam from the Dark Web, this leaves room for Dream Market and other online markets to take its place. The Dark Web is full of such marketplaces fighting for control of this giant underground Internet space. Every now and again one marketplace will perform an exit scam. This means that the online store will fold the company, take all the users’ bitcoins and disappear without a trace, leaving its users empty handed.
Abraxas Market-Darknet giant Abraxas has vanished from the dark web, leaving its users baffled by its disappearance. Known to be one of the biggest marketplaces on the dark web, it was thought that perhaps Abraxas could have been the victim of a DDoS attack; a type of cyber hacking that resulted in its demise. It has been known to happen that online marketplaces will schedule such attacks on one another to reduce the competition between them. Indeed, many users are in denial that the seemingly reliable Abraxas could have performed an exit scam. They believe that Abraxas is simply being attacked and does not have the adequate resources to fight back currently, but will be back online soon.
Dream MarketCompetitor Dream Market has been online 2013 and has become very successful in those couple of years. The main success for Dream Market has come fairly recently. It runs in the usual fashion using an escrow system using the online bitcoin currency. A user is able to access the site through Tor (The Onion Router) on the dark web. It has been proven as a secure marketplace that reliably makes deliveries to its customers. Dream Market is the oldest existing darknet marketplace and is therefore the number one candidate for filling the gap that Abraxas has left.

Users are certainly thought to be treating Dream Market as their new alternative darknet marketplace. As it has been online so long, it is deemed as a trustworthy reliable online market and less likely to exit scam than newer marketplaces. The site allows users to either purchase or sell items. Allegedly they primarily deal in drugs and digital accessories. Like many darknet marketplaces, Dream Market does not follow any local restrictions that might exist in a particular country. This means that a user can use the site to order items that are not legally allowed into the country. Ordering such items is a criminal offense and is left to the discretion of the user whether they will attempt to order such products or not.

In order to access Dream Market the user must take many security precautions, including the use of a VPN service to disguise their IP address. A VPN service not only disguises your location but also your identity and hides all your Internet activity from anyone by encrypting all the data. The user must use the Tor browser, which will allow them to access the site anonymously. Users also need to ensure that their addresses are encrypted when they are communicating with vendors in Dream Market.

Becoming a vendor on such a site is a much more arduous affair. Scammers are common, and in order to receive a badge that marks you of trusted status as a seller on Dream Market, a user has to have a lot of positive feedback. This requires the user to have made many successful transactions on Dream Market. This disadvantages new vendors to a heavy extent as they have not yet earned this label of advanced status.

Although the law makes an attempt to monitor the activity of the Dark Web and intervene when possible, their attempts at stopping the online vending of illegal items barely scratches the surface. When they arrested the owner of the Silk Road marketplace, other darknet sites rose up to take its place immediately. In this case Dream Market and other online vendors are stepping into the shoes of Abraxas.

Product Listing Of Dream Market

The oldest existing market on the Dark Web – Dream Market; its longevity gives an impression of reliability so many vendors and buyers place their trust on Dream Market. Navigation is pretty straightforward – there’s a right sidebar showing the number of listings for each category and sub-category. The product and service list is long and we will try to briefly introduce the way they are organized into categories.

1. Digital Goods
Dream Market Website
Digital Goods category is pretty packed and consists of the following subcategories:

•    Data
•    E-books
•    Erotica
•    Fraud
•    Fraud Related
•    Hacking
•    Information
•    Security
•    Software
•    Other

Many of these subcategories overlap, meaning that some hacking tools and how-to’s, fraud, information, security items, etc. may belong to various categories. Currently, there are more than 5850 products and services available in Digital Goods category.

The largest subcategory is Information, which has around 2247 items listed; the majority is listed in yet another subcategory – Guides. There are various guides for stealing information, frauds, stealing accounts in online games, hacking, phishing… you name it. There’s no way of knowing how many of these guides actually work, but you may find it worth a try, since most of them cost barely over $4. However, make sure you realize and remember that all of these are… well, illegal, so there’s a fair risk to be caught if your activities are revealed by the LE.

Another very popular Digital Goods subcategory on Dream Market is Erotica and adult websites content. Apparently you can invest in a lifetime access to premium adult website content for mere $10 or less.

It is even possible to get detailed how-to’s on how to make fake IDs, bank accounts, spread viruses via torrent… the list of these is quite substantial.

2. Drugs
Dream Market Website
But, definitely the largest Dream Market selling category is Drugs. In fact, most Online Black Markets exist mainly thanks to drug sales and services. Here you will find literally anything drug-related:

•    Barbiturates
•    Benzos
•    Cannabis
•    Dissociatives
•    Ecstasy
•    Opioids
•    Prescription
•    Psychedelics
•    RCs
•    Steroids
•    Stimulants
•    Weight loss

Cannabis is by far the most popular subcategory on Dream Market. There are 2948 products listed at the time of writing this post. (Just as a comparison, there were 1.8 thousand drug listings on Dream Market in June earlier this year.) You can buy marijuana of various quality and origin; but there is also a huge selection of seeds, hash, concentrates, edibles and synthetics.

The drug world has become very creative these days, and now you can buy something called Cheeba Chews, which is basically a chewing gum that contains a certain amount of THC in it. These come in various flavors, colors and concentrations of THC.

Apart from cannabis, various heavy drugs are also available on Dream Market, ranging from heroin, coke, hallucinogenic mushrooms, crystal meth to anti-depressants, steroid shots and weight loss pills. The list is really long and colorful.

Once again, these substances are not just illegal; they cause serious damage to your health, so be sure to remember this before embarking on this road.

3. Drugs Paraphernalia

This category is especially colorful – you will find here some useful gadgets for storing and smuggling drugs over the borders. So, there are fake soda cans, fake fire lighters, appendages… with hidden compartments; various sniffing kits, pipes and oil vaporizers for enjoying drugs are also available in Drugs Paraphernalia.

4. Services

Another Dream Market category offers a wide selection of illegal services, from hacking, IDs &Passports, Money and others. Many vendors are selling IDs that can pass through various scanners. Counterfeit bank notes, mainly Euros and Dollars, can also be found in this category. The cost of these services varies quite a bit; and even though there is no reliable evidence that these counterfeit bills can actually pass the checking, but judging by the number of listings in this category, apparently many people are ready and willing to invest in services from this category.

5. Other
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Category Other features a selection of counterfeited design clothes, wristwatches, sneakers, shoes, and even cigarettes made in Russia and Ukraine which are much cheaper than those from western countries.

Things you won’t find on Dream Market

Despite the colorful selection of items and services available on Dream Market, some things you won’t be able to find here, such as child pornography. Like any other decent online black market, Dream Marketplace has a strict policy against child pornography, guns and rifles, assassinations, kidnapping and similar.

It seems that things are changing rapidly on the Dark Web. Agora, once the most popular market, is still out of the picture; AlphaBay is reporting of the increase in its numbers (of users and of listings); Abraxas Market did an exit scam on its users. As for the Dream Market – earlier this year, in June to be precise, the total number of listings was 2.5 thousand; now this number pertains only to cannabis listings!

Dream Market: Features

Although Dream Market is the oldest existing dark web marketplace, not all dark web market users have heard of it; which is odd, especially if you consider the reliability of the goods and services that they offer. The key to their success lays perhaps in the customer-oriented service, dual rating system, top security and anonymity for both vendors and buyers, and many other neat features.

The following are just some of the features offered by Dream Market:
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1. Using bitcoin transactions to increase anonymity – this is especially useful if you are buying or selling items on the Dark Web. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that’s not easily traceable, unlike regular currencies (hence the appeal!). There’s no way that anyone can trace back to your purchase, especially if you do everything right (look into bitcoin tumbling).

2. Escrow system to prevent fraud – this system has proved quite useful on many dark web markets and is also used on Dream Market. The basic idea is the following: when ordering an item from the marketplace, buyers pay for it, but instead of the bitcoins going directly to the seller, it is held in escrow on the website and waits there until the buyer confirms that he received what he paid for. In case the buyer forgets to confirm, the system will automatically confirm receipt of the item and release the bitcoins after certain amount of time. However, for this particular service, you have to be a trusted and qualified seller. This way, both parties are protected from frauds. (Unless the website performs an exit scam and the admins take to their heels with the escrowed bitcoins.)
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3. Dual rating system to increase trust – this feature works similarly as rating on any other eCommerce shop, such as Amazon or eBay. Both, buyer and seller can give each other ratings and reviews.

4. Automatic currency conversion using current exchange rates – buyers and sellers are able to see the current exchange rate for $ USD, € EUR, £ GBP, 元 Chinese Yuan. It is extremely useful because the value of the bitcoin varies from day to day, and this way you can always check.

5. PGP login for extra security – not all dark web markets offer this safety feature. PGP is the new standard of encryption and if you have the option to use it as a login, please do. Also, Dream Market offers automatic encryption of messages, which is probably the reason why Dream Market has survived all this time. Automatic encryption practically means that nobody can read your messages but the person it is intended for.

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6. Chat system for faster instant communication – it is probably the only dark web market that offers live chat which is pretty neat and time-efficient. It also has a built-in messaging system with conversations, making the conversations between buyers and vendors smooth, without the need for any external programs. So, everything is just a click away on the Dream Market and everything is absolutely safe. You only have to be careful and double check every link somebody sends you, because it might be a phishing link. However, this can happen to you anywhere, not just on the Dream Market.

7. Affiliate program to share profits – like any other web-based market, Dream Market offers the affiliate program. Every user can invite a new user through referral links and earn up to 25% from fees and commissions for each registered user that used their referral link.

8. Seller product and order management system – this system offers the ability to start a dispute, whether you’re a customer or a seller. Whenever you encounter a problem with closing the deal and receiving the money or receiving the goods you’ve ordered, you can start a dispute and someone from the staff will look into it.

9. Different shipping prices supported – Dream Market really seems to take care of every single customer because there are different shipping prices for different shipping distances. So, if you wish to save a bitcoin of two, all you have to do is choose to buy from a vendor physically closer to you and he will probably be able to offer you lower shipping prices.

10. Captcha secured registration and login – no bots are able to log into any account, but be careful – the captcha is case sensitive so you won’t be able to log in either if you make a mistake.

11. Support to recover lost password with PIN numbers – if you’ve forgotten or lost your password, it’s still no reason for panic – you will always be able to recover it using your PIN code. However, make sure you don’t forget that as well, for in that case you’ll have a good reason to start panicking.

12. Password update function – this enables you to change your password at any point, especially if you doubt that your account has been hacked. In that case it is certainly advisable to do that before your hacker does it for you and before he helps himself with your bitcoins.

13. phpBB board for member discussions – if you’d like to visit Dream Market’s forum just follow this link http://tmskhzavkycdupbr.onion For what it’s worth, it is quite friendly and pleasant. The staff makes it a point to respond to every question and is always willing to help. Many questions have already been asked so check before starting a thread. Login information is the same as those you use for the Dream Market.

14. Verified import of your Black Market Reloaded reputation – this basically means that if you are selling or buying at any other dark web market, you can opt to import your reputation and scores from there. You will get a badge and ratings as well so it’s clear to everybody that you are a verified user.

Dream Market is currently the only serious competitor of AlphaBay marketplace which still holds the top position among darknet markets with over 200,000 users. It is highly respected on the Dark Web and regarded as a real survivor. Even though there are much less listings on Dream Market as opposed to, say, AlphaBay, its community is pretty strong and loyal and amounts up to 125, 000 of customers.

The Deep Web, Dark Web, And The Darknet Marketplaces

There’s been a lot of confusion in the media about two similar terms – Dark Web and Deep Web. What journalists usually refer to as the Deep Web is basically the opposite of it, the Dark Web and vice versa. Dark Web usually has a negative connotation due to a number of Darknet Markets that occupy a significant part of the Internet.

Deep Web
Deep Web
But, before we dive into semantic of the terms in question, namely Deep Web, Dark Web, and Darknet Markets, allow us to bring in yet another one – Surface Web (believe it or not, we’re introducing this new term to try and unscramble all the others).

Surface Web represents everything that can be indexed and accessed by standard search engines, such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. Because the data are so readily accessible, this layer is considered to be the surface of a huge ocean of information, ocean we like to call – the Internet.

On the other hand, beneath that surface, there is a vast ocean of non-indexed data – hence the term Deep Web. So, a very simplified view is that Deep Web represents everything that cannot be indexed by search engines.

Namely, in order to index pages and websites, search engines only use links. Everything beyond that is considered Deep Web. However, certain parts of websites can be accessed only by using search boxes which is the case with universities’ and government’s websites and these are also in the Deep Web realm!

The term was coined by Mike Bergman, a computer scientist, back in 2000 and has been used ever since.

Dark Web

Finally, the most notorious of the terms, Dark Web. According to Brightplanet, Dark Web is considered just a small part of Deep Web. It’s been deliberately hidden and can be accessed only by using special web browsers, such as Tor browser. It is the place where all the nasty takes place, booooo!

As mentioned so many times, a way to access Dark Web is through Tor Network, which has its own, specialized browser simply called Tor Browser. Tor renders its users, both website owners and visitors, with high degree of anonymity; their IP addresses are hidden and encrypted inside a multilayer router network and it is almost impossible to track anyone down by using the conventional methods.

However, not all Darknet Markets are located on Tor Network; for example, Silk Road Reloaded uses I2P, an alternative to Tor network. I2P stands for the Invisible Internet Project, and the cryptocurrencies that support I2P at the moment are, surprisingly not bitcoin, but Anoncoin and Monero.

Despite its notorious reputation, Dark Web offers a number of good things to its users. Lots of bloggers and journalists, for example, use it for communication with whistleblowers and trusted sources who often come from the countries with very limited freedom of speech.

Darknet Markets

Emerging of the Dark Web has opened possibilities for new, internet-based businesses. And as it often happens, people will always find a way to misuse something good; the Dark Web is not an exception to the rule. It’s full of illegal markets, where you can buy drugs, weapons, child pornography, counterfeit IDs and all sorts of illegal services like hacking, and even order a murder.

Goods and services on the Darknet Markets can be purchased with bitcoins, which is the first and the most widely used cryptocurrency. The same way you can’t be traced while browsing the Dark Web, you also cannot be traced while making transactions using bitcoins. The only trouble with bitcoin is its instable exchange rate – one day it can be worth more than $1,000, and the other its value can dramatically drop to $200. Currently, one bitcoin is valued nearly $400.

History of Darknet Markets

The Deep WebThe first and the most celebrated market was definitely Silk Road. It was founded by a 31-year-old libertarian, Ross Ulbricht. Launched in January 2011, its development had begun six months earlier. The idea behind the Silk Road project was allegedly to clean up the streets from crime by transferring drug dealers from dark alleys to Darknet Markets, thus creating a safer environment for vendors and users. This obviously sounded like a great and well-intended idea in Ulbricht’s mind and perhaps he really believed he was doing something for the good of the world; however, the judge who ultimately sentenced him to 2 life sentences didn’t seem to share his enthusiasm.

Ulbricht was arrested in October 2013 by the FBI who caught him red-handed while he was logged in on Silk Road admin page. It is estimated that the total revenue generated from the sales on the Silk Road was around 9,519,664 bitcoins (roughly $3.6 billion at the current bitcoin exchange rate). Ross Ulbricht, the pioneer of the Darknet Markets, is considered the most responsible for making Deep Web and Dark Web subjects of the mainstream media.

After the fall of Silk Road, many new Darknet Markets tried to find their place under the sun; Silk Road 2.0 among others. It looked more or less the same as its older brother and even employed the original staff members of the previous Silk Road. However, Silk Road 2.0, together with 26 other Darknet Markets, was seized by the Law Enforcements in the Operation Onymous in 2014.

As expected and despite this massive arrest operation, new Darknet Markets continue to emerge. Some of today’s best known Darknet Markets are definitely AlphaBay and Dream Market (Darknet Markets Agora and Abraxas being out of the game). Agora was one of the most respected Darknet Markets, but they retreated allegedly due to some security glitches in the Tor Network. AlphaBay has recently announced that they have the largest community on the Dark Web, while Dream Market being founded in 2013 is considered the oldest existing market on the Dark Web. Many Darknet Markets have performed exit scams taking for themselves the bitcoins trapped in escrows, while others continue to work diligently on securing the community’s trust.

All of them still use escrow and review systems developed by Ross Ulbricht; and while some Darknet Markets are successful in that, many have failed – they have been either seized by the FBI or taken down by competition.

What Is Dream Market?

Introduction

To be able to understand what Dream Market is, it’s important to define what the darknet is. The Darknet is a private network (with restricted access) used mainly for illegal peer-to-peer file sharing. Dream Market can be defined as a feature-rich escrow darknet marketplace that can be accessed via the Tor network and the transactions are carried out using the bitcoin currency. The market was established in November 2013 and has so far been proven to be secure and reliable.

DreamMarket-HomeDream Market was created to support free market trade globally regardless of jurisdiction. As a result, the market doesn’t follow any local regulation restrictions. It is therefore possible to find products which aren’t legally available in your country. Nevertheless, it’s completely up to you to decide whether you will order such products or not. The implications of such purchases are completely up to you outside the marketplace although Dream Market takes measures to protect buyers i.e. by allowing bitcoin transactions only to enhance anonymity while preventing fraudulent transactions.

Participation guidelines

Getting an invite

First and foremost, it’s important to note that Dream Market is an invite-only marketplace. You’ll therefore need an invite to become a member.

Identifying trustworthy vendors

In regards to the actual buying process, all members are expected to be honest on all issues from product quality to shipping conditions and package delivery. These guidelines have been set to maintain trust in the marketplace which is the major basis of all hidden web marketplaces. In an effort to keep scammers away, trusted vendors have labels which are a sign of advanced trusted status.

Trusted vendor label bearers have a long history of positive buyer relations and successful transactions. In a nutshell, they have been tested by many and proven to be trustworthy. It is however important to note that there are trustworthy vendors who may lack trusted vendor status. Such vendors are most likely new or they simply haven’t applied for the trusted vendor status.

Using Bitcoins
accepting-bitcoinsAs mentioned above, Dream Market accepts bitcoins and use Tor for anonymity as well as avoiding fraud. Once you send your bitcoins to your unique Dream Market wallet address, your bitcoin deposit will reflect immediately or after a few minutes after which you can go ahead and buy whatever you want. In case you aren’t familiar with bitcoin usage, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the subject before using the Dream Market.

Using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and Escrow

Although Dream Market takes many measures to protect all members, it’s advisable to use Pretty Good Privacy (PGP); a data encryption/decryption software that offers cryptographic privacy & authentication for data communication. PGP is highly recommended on Dream Market since you may be required to provide personal info such as your postal address. PGP allows you to ensure only the vendor in question can read your personal information i.e. postal address. As a result, your personal info is kept safe from leaking to any organization including Dream Market. It’s also important to familiarize yourself with PGP before using the Dream Market.

Escrow is another safe and universal method of ordering online. When ordering via escrow, the money isn’t transferred directly to the vendor in question after the checkout. Instead, the money is locked. Vendors are paid after customers have received their orders and finalized everything from the shopping cart page. As a result, you also need Escrow to protect yourself from being scammed on Dream Market.

The actual ordering process

Once your bitcoin deposit is confirmed, you can start ordering anything provided your balance is adequate enough to cover the cost. When ordering on Dream Market, the vendor receives the order information immediately. As a result, you don’t need to perform any other action at this point. Vendors must however be online to see new orders.

In case you have any open orders which haven’t been finalized, it’s important to check your message box regularly to see if there are any open questions from the vendor. The actual ordering process ends when you receive your package. You must finalize the order to release the escrow so that your vendor is paid.

You can also rate your vendor and leave adequate feedback when finalizing your order. Although it is important to be as honest as possible when rating vendors and leaving feedback, negative feedback should be given after contacting a vendor and giving him/her the chance to resolve the issue/s.

Listings

Dream Market has a variety of both legal and illegal listings such as recreational drugs like ecstasy, cannabis and prescription medicines. You will also find listings like counterfeit clothing, jewelry and accessories as well as many other legal items like pepper spray, privacy software, etc.

Forbidden Products & Services

Although there are plenty of illegal product and service listings on Dream Market, there are forbidden products and services as well. Such FORBIDDEN products & services include;

a.    Child pornography
b.    Live action snuff or murder or hurt audio, video or images
c.    Poisons
d.    WMDs (weapons of mass destruction) i.e. biological, chemical weapons,         explosives, etc.
e.    Assassination services among any other services which can cause harm to others.

Dispute resolution

In case of any problems i.e. you don’t receive your order, you can open a dispute. It is however advisable to contact the vendor in question and try to resolve the issue. Disputes should be open when you are dealing with an uncooperative vendor. You can open a dispute by clicking the dispute link situated on the order detail page linked in your catalogue view.

All in all, Dream Market is a great market when compared against the other darknet markets on the Deep Web. One big benefit is that it is not the most popular so it won’t be law enforcement’s top priority and the Dream Market admin won’t be looking to pull an exit scam on its users.