DarkMarket Review and Tutorial
Darkmarket is a popular darknet market on the Tor network.
Darkmarket is a darknet market that specializes in all different kinds of goods, including drugs, digital goods, and jewelry. They are also known for their strong customer service and dispute resolution.
NOTE: These URLs are from the official PGP signed mirror list at http://darkevuygggqkqhq.onion/mirrors.txt. This link also contains rotating mirrors that change hourly. For verification, see https://darknetlive.com/markets/darkmarket/ or https://dark.fail/darkmarket.
How to Access Darkmarket
As with all of the markets we've discussed previously, Darkmarket is located on the Tor network and requires the Tor Browser to access. If you haven't done this before, we have a more detailed tutorial at How to Access Tor (.Onion) Sites.
Things You Will Need
- Bitcoin or Monero: You will either need the cryptocurrencies bitcoin or Monero to make purchases on the market. There are a number of ways to purchase or earn these coins, but one method is to use an exchange.like eToro or FOREX. We have a more detailed tutorial about bitcoin here: How to Buy or Earn Bitcoin.
- PGP: PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) is an encryption and decryption program that you can use to send messages on the site, or to set up 2-factor authentication (2FA). We have a more in-dept tutorial about PGP here: How to Use PGP for Encryption.
While some tutorials also state that you need to use a VPN with Tor, this is not true. You can use one, but it's good to know their strengths and weaknesses. See How Safe are VPNs? for more information.
Creating an Account
Like most of the other darknet markets, Darkmarket has a very easy registration process. Simply go to the URL http://darkevuygggqkqhq.onion/signup and enter a username and password, plus an invite code if you have one (the invite code is optional).
If you want to obtain one, you can visit their subdread or forum.
Interface and Functions
Darkmarket's UI is also similar to quite a few of the other markets. For instance, its categories are on the left sidebar, while listings are displayed to the right. If you click on a category, it will list the subcategories beneath it. As on the majority of markets, the number of available items in each category is listed next to the category name.
Product listings usually have a preview image to give you some idea of what you're purchasing as well. Above the listings are four buttons: "Forum," "PGP," "Canary," and "Mirrors." The forum button, obviously, links to the site's forum. "PGP" links to a .txt file with the admin's PGP key. "Canary" is a warrant canary; it links to a .txt file stating that the admin is in control of the site. If this file changes in any way, it's an urgent warning to delete your account! "Mirrors" links to the list of official mirrors for the site. These buttons are displayed in a handy and convenient manner for users who need this information.
In the middle of the homepage is an updates box, which shows updates to the market, as well as rules and regulations for buyers and vendors. Beneath this are more listings. At the bottom of the page, you can find links to Darkmarket's subdread, Darknetlive link, dark.fail link, and Raptor link. All in all, the interface seems fairly easy to use and navigate, though it may take some exploring to get accustomed to the market.
Categories and Listings
Darkmarket has a fairly wide variety of items for sale in a number of different categories. Unlike on some other markets, there aren't amounts of each item listed next to the category name. Instead, you have to browse through each listing and view the products that are available. Under each listing, however, there are numbers of available items displayed.
- Digital Goods
- Serials and Keys
- Harm Reduction
- Social Engineering
- Energy Control
- Security & Hosting
- Jewellery [sic]
- Drivers Licences
- Credit Score / Defaults
- Bills / Statements
- Tax Returns
- Guides & Tutorials
- Security / Anonymity
- Social Engineering
- Data & Scans
- Bank Accounts
- Online Accounts
- Bank Drops
- Credit Cards / CVV
- Jewellery [sic]
- Fake ID's
- Software & Malware
- Security Software
- Hackers & Crackers
- Carded Items
Search Functions and Filters
Darkmarket has a basic search function with several filters. You can filter by digital goods or physical goods, and you can narrow these down by country. Once you select a specific vendor, however, you can further filter the results by the following parameters: "user," "category," "product type," "price range," "shipping from," "shipping to," and "order by."
How to Choose a Vendor
As on every other market, there's always a question as to which vendors are reliable. If you haven't used any of them before, it helps to join the site's forum and have discussions about which of the vendors are best. Darkmarket also has a ratings system for each vendor based on the number of successful transactions she's completed. If a vendor has a high rating, there's a better chance that they will follow through with their sales.
In addition, vendors' profiles have "trusted vendor" badges if the market has verified them as a good vendor. Also, profiles will list other markets on which each vendor has sold before (including how many successful sales she completed). To boot, vendors also display their PGP keys on their profiles to authenticate their identities.
Once you have made some successful transactions, you can then go with the vendors that have sold you the best products, of course.
How to Become a Vendor
To become a vendor, you have to pay a vendor bond of $400 USD. The exception to this rule is that if you've established yourself on other markets and have at least six months of positive feedback, Darkmarket may waive the vendor fee. All vendors are required to have a PGP key set up on the market for identification as well.
How to Buy Products
The process of buying products is fairly easy. Find the item you want by browsing the listings, or use the search functions and filters to narrow it down.
Once you find the particular item you want, on its page, you can choose the amount you want to buy (1, 2, etc.), and then hit the "Add to cart" button. If you want to just mark it for later, then hit the "Add to wishlist" button. Before making a purchase, however, as the site suggests, it's smart to read a vendor's terms and check for feedback to ensure that you'll receive your goods. For instance, if a vendor only delivers to countries in the EU and you live in the US, you won't be able to buy from her.
In order to complete your transaction, make sure you have enough bitcoin, or other cryptocurrency, in your wallet. After purchasing your item, wait a reasonable amount of time for it to be delivered (vendors usually specify this on their profiles). If you still haven't received your item after this time has passed, then you should contact support.
The Darkmarket forum can be accessed easily from the homepage by clicking the little thought balloon icon at the top of the page. It is at the URL http://tr76xj56mvy3oh32vxqtt4ltshl52yhnq42pfzlaiapboba3mzd5dlyd.onion/. Nonetheless, you have to register separately for the forum even if you have an account on the market.
Regarding how to choose a vendor and other aspects of the market, if you have further questions than the subjects discussed in this article, the forum is a good place to ask these questions. Be that as it may, you can't join other threads on the forum until you get verified as either a buyer or a vendor first. Also, before you ask a question, make sure that it hasn't already been answered in previous threads.
To contact support, use the "Support" link at the top of the page. Select a category that summarizes what your issue is, and then in the message section, give a detailed account of what's wrong so that the admins can best help you. Think of this like contacting IT support at your workplace.
While they may not respond immediately, expect that they will get back to you shortly unless otherwise noted.
Pros and Cons
- Offers a wide variety of different products (drugs, digital goods, etc.)
- Has a useful vendor ratings system and experienced vendors from other markets
- Forum and support features are helpful and informative
- Had difficulty connecting to the site at times or was kicked offline (possibly due to DDoS attacks)
- Search function was occasionally unhelpful (results didn't correspond to the search terms used)