Not long ago, I was asked this question on Quora: “How do I use Grams, the deep web search engine?” I thought it was worth talking about here as well.
As you can see above, it looks a lot like Google – except that Grams, as its title implies, is designed to search for darknet markets, particularly those that sell drugs (but other products are available as well). Drugs just seem to be the most popular items.
Although the link is shown in the picture, here it is again for those who really want to click on it: Grams Search Engine
It’s pretty easy to use, but generally, what you would do is type in the name of a specific drug, vendor, or service, and it should come up in the search results. For example, let’s say you type in “ecstasy pills,” or “ecstasy” – the results would look similar to this:
Grams has been around for a bit now, and its search algorithms have evolved, but generally, as with search engines like Google, Grams uses keywords in the titles and descriptions of products to find what you’re looking for. It uses a custom API to extract listing data from the various darknet markets, which in turn shows up as results like the ones above.
As you can see in the screenshot, the listings show the name of the product, as well as the vendor, price, amount, location, and a brief description.
I Like The Drugs, and the Drugs Like Me!
When you actually go about the process of registering for the particular market you’re interested in, that can vary by site. All of them require you to register, but some have a more involved screening process. For example, in order to join the Valhalla Marketplace (a.k.a. Silkkitie), you need to go to this invite link first: Valhalla Invites. That way they can make sure you’re a legit customer.
On Reddit, there was a referral link posted by their official account as well , but it’s from two months ago, so I don’t know if it’s still valid: Valhalla Registration Reddit. By the way, Valhalla also has their own official WordPress blog, so check that out too! Valhalla Marketplace WordPress
As with most products on the Tor network, those sold in marketplaces such as Valhalla, Agora, and Silk Road 3.0 require bitcoin to purchase. If you don’t already have a bitcoin wallet, then you’ll have to set that up separately, but it’s fairly simple: Choose your wallet – Bitcoin is a good place to start.
WE ARE ANONYMOUS.
OK, pun intended – but seriously, I can’t stress this enough: if you’re signing up for any darknet market or forum on Tor, Freenet, etc., then come up with a username that you don’t use on the clearnet, and never use your real name!! (I’d mentioned this in an earlier post, Deep Web: Fake Words and Secret Codes.)
If you’re asked to upload a photo of yourself, pick a random one from Google images, or something along those lines. Common sense, right?
On top of that, be mindful of the fact that there are many clone sites on the Tor network and elsewhere, that are often designed to steal login and financial information. Most darknet markets will show their genuine URL on the front page, like this:
That is, assuming the clone site didn’t do the same thing (which it might).
The one thing I confess I don’t have any experience with is actually purchasing any of the goods on a darknet market, but that probably varies a lot from buyer to buyer, and vendor to vendor.
If you decide to actually do this, just tread carefully. Perhaps, with experience, using things like Grams and certain markets, you’ll be able to do so without much harm to yourself.
Except, you know, for the cocaine up your nose.