DISCLAIMER: I am not necessarily vouching for the legitimacy of any of these sites. Like dark.fail, this was intended to be an anti-phishing resource, but there is still always the possibility that you can get scammed on any market. Use escrow and multisig if available, get feedback on forums, or contact support if you have issues.
It seems that one of the most popular reasons to use the dark web at all is for its darknet markets. This blog has covered a few of these in the past, but many of those markets no longer exist, due to shutdowns by law enforcement or exit scams. At present, two of the main sources for darknet market links are dark.fail and darknetlive.com. A third might be darknetstats.com (which is essentially the new DeepDotWeb). Dark.fail and Darknetlive also have onion links, at http://darkfailllnkf4vf.onion/ and http://darkzzx4avcsuofgfez5zq75cqc4mprjvfqywo45dfcaxrwg6qrlfid.onion.
Dark.fail is simply a list of links, albeit one that quite a few people trust. Even so, the site’s admin states that dark.fail is simply an anti-phishing resource, and that they do not vouch for any individual sites. In addition to darknet markets, it also lists a number of forums, and some sites that have clearnet mirrors (like Protonmail, Riseup, and ProPublica). Among its list of darknet markets are the following:
- Empire Market
- Monopoly Market
- White House Market
- Tor Market
- Cannazon Market
You can find alternative URLs to some of these sites on dark.fail as well. Empire Market, in particular, is subject to frequent DDoS attacks, which is why it has numerous mirror links. Beyond dark.fail, Darknetlive lists some additional markets:
At the time of this writing, Empire Market is the closest existing market to Alphabay Market; it even looks similar.
Its specialty is drugs, though as you can see in the screenshot, some vendors also carry digital goods, jewelry, and carded items, etc. The market accepts bitcoin, Monero, and Litecoin (some only accept bitcoin, so this gives it a bit more flexibility).
Empire Market also features an autoshop, on which you can purchase carded credit card accounts through an automated system. Empire is one of the few major markets to have this feature.
Monopoly, like Empire, also is taking special measures to prevent DDoS attacks and phishing links. When you first access its main URL, it will link you to a .txt file reminding you to compare the link in your address bar with the links listed in the text file:
On its landing page, you should see something like this:
As opposed to most other current markets, Monopoly doesn’t require you to register or use an on-site wallet to make purchases. Instead, you use your existing cryptocurrency wallet and send money to the vendor. The downside with this is that the site cannot resolve any disputes on your behalf. Even so, Monopoly is made up of vendors that have already established reputations on other markets, so there is a good chance that you can avoid scams here.
White House Market
White House Market has a simple user interface but still has a high level of anonymity and security. Like many other popular markets, it specializes in drugs, but also carries digital goods like SSN and DOB databases, counterfeit money, and software. While you can browse the site without uploading your PGP key, you can’t actually buy and sell anything.
DarkMarket is a somewhat newer market that accepts BTC and XMR, and is known for its quality customer support and scam prevention methods. They sell such items as drugs, digital goods, leaked information, and carded items.
Tor Market is a smaller market that specializes primarily in drugs. You can see a sample of some of the goods it sells without creating an account, but to browse all of the listings, this is required.
At present, some of the most popular products are things like MDMA, ecstasy, and cannabis-related items.
CannaHome is a darknet market that specializes in cannabis and shrooms. When you first go to its main URL, you’ll see a list of secondary links to visit (this is used as a security and anti-phishing resource).
Copy and paste one of the links highlighted in green into a new tab, and that should take you to the actual market. On that page should be a login screen which looks very similar to the one from the now-defunct CGMC Market:
Here you can either register a new account or log in. Its registration process is very simple, and shouldn’t take all that long to complete. Once you have logged in, you should see a screen like this:
On this page, you can choose from a list of vendors (as seen above), or see listings (displayed on top). The site has a fairly easy interface to navigate through and to use to buy items. Prices seem reasonable as well, although these will vary somewhat between vendors and products.
CanadaHQ, as its name implies, is a Canadian-based darknet market that specializes in several types of goods. While the majority are fraud-type items, it carries a variety of drugs as well. The market accepts both bitcoin and Monero. The registration process and navigation of the site are fairly straightforward, so it seems very user-friendly.
DarkBay (or dBay) is a darknet market that specializes in both drugs and digital goods. For instance, they carry drugs such as cannabis products, ecstasy, cocaine, and LSD. They also carded items, CVV and cards, and jewelry.
Unfortunately, while using this market, it seemed to be having numerous issues. The market claimed that this was due to high traffic. Often, listings would not display at all, or links seemed to be broken. Even so, this may have been a temporary error at the particular time we logged in. Technical glitches aside, the site seemed fairly easy to use.
BitBazaar is a somewhat newer darknet market that mainly sells drugs, but also offers some digital goods, like credit cards, CVVs, and PayPal accounts. It features escrow, half-FE, and FE payments as well (though in the case of FE, the site designates whether or not a vendor is trusted).
In addition, the site accepts bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero, and Ethereum for payments (though not all vendors accept every cryptocurrency). The site has other features as well, which may be covered in a future post.
Enigma is a market that exclusively sells digital goods, such as accounts on sites like Coinbase, Ebay, and Pornhub Premium. The caveat is that there’s no proof that any of these are legit, so you’ll have to either try them out yourself or ask around for information. It also appears that, at the time of this writing, there’s only one vendor, named “Stackz420,” who may or may not own the market itself.
Global Dreams is an established small shop that specializes in drugs such as MDMA, cannabis, 2C-B, and 4-MMC, among others. It has a simple interface, and a fairly small selection of items (albeit ones that are frequently sought after).
Yellow Brick Market
Yellow Brick is a market that only sells drugs. These include such things as cannabis-related items (flowers, hash, edibles), stimulants (cocaine, speed, Adderall), and euphorics (MDMA, ecstasy, methylone). They accept payment in bitcoin, Monero, and Litecoin.
The markets described here are some of the most popular and well known. While the descriptions are short, in future posts there may be more detailed reviews. If there are other markets that have been left out, feel free to suggest some in the comments.