Darknet Markets: Apple Market

DISCLAIMER: This review is for informational and entertainment purposes only.  I do not condone illegal activity, and anything you do on the dark web is at your own risk!

Picture Yourself in a Boat on a River…

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I just had to reference the Beatles; it’s that kind of day!  In any case, I’m delving further into the world of darknet markets.  Yet despite the fact that this is a topic of interest to me, I confess that I have only limited experience with them.  Maybe that’s because I’m reluctant to break the law or something…

I doubt, of course, that it’s illegal to merely visit the markets, so that would be the next logical step.

 

A is for Apple – Apple Market

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Although it’s not technically one of the “top” markets right now, Apple Market is the first I explored.  It’s relatively simple to use compared to some of its fellow darknet markets.

As you can see in the photo above, its products are categorized into tags, such as “drugs,” “cannabis,” “ecstasy,” etc.  What you might not expect is that in addition to drugs, they sell things like books on coding, controversial eBooks (such as The Anarchist Cookbook), or hacks such as “Eat Domino’s Pizza for Free,” or “Unlimited Free Uber Rides.”

In order to purchase any of these goods (as with any darknet market) you connect it to your bitcoin wallet (preferably a different one than you use on the clearnet).  In the case of Apple Market, it enables you to generate a temporary bitcoin address to receive payments.

There are also lists of “Top Vendors,” “Random Vendors,” and “Newest Vendors,” which can help the darknet market n00bs (like, uh…me) explore the various goods and get a feel for the market – as well as to promote those who are achieving success:

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So, personally, I haven’t purchased anything from this market yet, but I will say that it’s very easy to use and to navigate.  They offer MultiSig transactions as well.  Plus, many of the customer reviews that I’ve seen rate it highly, and they say it’s a honest market, so you at least know what you’re getting.

I’m tempted to purchase some of the non-drug items, as a matter of fact, but I think I’ll pass for right now.

Anyhow, was that so scary?  No, in all honesty!  It just gets murky when you try to purchase certain goods.  It’s the stories of people who get caught in the process that make me awful wary.

That being said, if you want to give Apple Market a try, go ahead.  They seem quite honest, and it looks like they have quality goods for sale.

Nice job, guys!  I shall review some other markets very soon – in the meantime, time to get back to my IRL responsibilities!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Exploring Darknet Markets (One Pill Makes You Larger)

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DISCLAIMER: This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to condone illegal activity.  Anything you do on the dark web is at your own risk.

As those who regularly keep up with Tor news know, the original Silk Road marketplace was shut down in 2013. Its successor, Silk Road 2.0, was shut down in 2014.

Obviously, this has barely stopped the darknet market business from booming (in fact, it probably helped).  Currently, there is a market going by the name of Silk Road 3.0.  Perhaps you’ve heard of it:

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Be that as it may, I’ve heard from some sources that this site is a scam (basically trying to capitalize on the Silk Road name), while others have said that they’ve had no problems.  It may depend on the individual vendors.

“I Used to Do Drugs…I Still Do, But I Used to, Too!” – Mitch Hedberg

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So, you may wonder, where else can I get reliable recommendations? Well, let me start off by saying that I’m not the requisite expert in darknet markets, but I do my research.

Someone had recently asked me on another site, “Which is the best darknet market?” I’m not sure if I can really answer that question, but I can compare them.

First of all, most darknet markets accept bitcoin, although some accept other cryptocurrencies as well (Dogecoin, Litecoin, Peercoin, etc.).

Second of all, they offer a variety of products (not just drugs) – although some specialize in products such as psychedelics, stolen credit cards, banned books, etc.

Third of all, different customers will inevitably have better or worse experiences than others on various sites (hey, the same thing happens on Amazon, right?)  This is where customer reviews and word-of-mouth come in extra handy, because you don’t always know whom you can trust…

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Shout-Out to Deepdotweb!!

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Hey guys!!  Beyond visiting the markets themselves, one of my most reliable sources for information on darknet markets is DeepDotWeb – Surfacing the News from the Deep Web.  You can also visit them at the above onion URL: DeepDotWeb on Tor.

They feature a Darknet Markets List that’s updated pretty frequently, and generally has very accurate information.  

According to them, some of the top markets are these:

Alphabay

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Valhalla (a.k.a. Silkkitie)

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Outlaw Market

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Dream Market

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Also among their list of trusted markets are:

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Vendor Shops

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Of note: it is sometimes helpful to read the customer reviews on each of these sites, because often the markets may look trustworthy, and they’re the farthest thing from it.

Scams and Phishing Links

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Darknetmarkets o r g / markets also features a list of markets, but this site, according to Beware of Phishing Scams On Clearnet Sites! (darknetmarkets.org) is a list of phishing links that will steal your login credentials for darknet markets. So stay away from that site altogether.

Good ‘Ol Reddit

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Finally, I would further recommend you check out the subreddits /r/DarkNetMarkets and /r/DarkNetMarketsNoobs.  They tend to give reliable, up-to-date information as well.

There are, of course, quite a few other markets and vendors, too!  In my experience, general word-of-mouth is one way you can .  Or you could just try them out yourself and learn the hard way…

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What do you see in the center??

Investigation Underway!!

Of course, I don’t simply want to take everyone else’s word for it – I’m in the process of checking some of these out as well.  That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be trying out the individual products (although that may help with the creativity part)…

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In the meantime, perhaps you can find the answer(s) to the question, “What were they smoking?”