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.
Dream 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.
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.
As 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.
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
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.
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.