What’s the state of the game for the darknet markets in 2016? After an unexpected exit (scam?) from the Nucleus Market, where are the best spots to head to when it comes to underground goods and services?
Today we take a brief look at the three biggest darknet markets in operation at the current time – a little bit about each, including their wares, the user experience, both in dealing with the market and the setup of the site, and the pros and cons of each.
- AlphaBay Market
Around since December of 2014, AlphaBay has been the top dog for a while now. While they do have their fair share of troubles, such as the site being unreachable for a few hours every now and then, AlphaBay is a fairly reliable pick of the darknet markets.
The site itself is clean and easy to navigate and there is an advanced search function which makes listings very easy to find. As per usual, the most stocked items are in the drugs category; however, this market also has many fraud items for sale, too.
- Silk Road 3.0
Yes, you read correctly. Silk Road 3.0 has come back online, after a massive security overhaul, and is open for business. Silk Road 3.0 has the second largest amount of listings and the second most drug listings. It is a credit to the team behind this darknet market as many thought they would not come back.
Silk Road 3.0 Onion URL: http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion/
Silk Road 3.0 Guide: http://silkroaddrugs.org/guide-on-how-to-access-the-silk-road-3-0
- Dream Market
Dream Market is the oldest of the top four darknet markets – it’s been around since 2013. Currently, the site is gathering more users, in the fallout from Nucleus Market going offline. It has a solid reputation among users, who say that it is a fast site, with helpful admins. Of course, you need to stay on your toes, but that goes for all the darknet markets.
Dream is a great deal smaller than AlphaBayMarket; however, it has a blossoming digital goods category which includes VPNs, carding tutorials, and Ubuntu hacks, among others. The site is fairly easy to navigate, even if it’s not as slick as AlphaBay.
Dream Market Onion URL: http://ltxocqh4nvwkofil.onion
Dream Market Guide: http://dreammarketdrugs.com/guide-on-how-to-access-the-dream-market-url/
And one more up and coming market!
Crypto Market sprung onto the scene in early 2015. The site itself is fairly crude compared to other darknet markets, so it might take a while for users to get properly acquainted with it. CryptoMarket is actually designed and operated by the same team that control Silk Road 3.0, so they do know what they are doing.
All of these large darknet markets are open for registration – meaning anyone can join. If you’re looking to find your home on the darknet markets, either as a buyer or as a seller, why not join up with all three to check out the marketplace, what is on offer, and whether you enjoy using them?
With exit scams a common occurrence, it’s best to spread yourself across a couple of darknet markets. Always only deposit as much Bitcoin as you need for a singular purchase into the market’s escrow service, and try to look for vendors with fast shipping so the purchase is finalized quickly. This is the best way to avoid losing lots of Bitcoins should the unthinkable happen.
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