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:
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
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…
Shout-Out to Deepdotweb!!
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:
Valhalla (a.k.a. Silkkitie)
Also among their list of trusted markets are:
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
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
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…
What do you see in the center??
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)…
In the meantime, perhaps you can find the answer(s) to the question, “What were they smoking?”