Established in June of 2019, DarkMarket has mostly been in the best shape since its launch, except for a 3-week downtime, which led to strong rumours of an exit scam. Their eventual return, however, proved the rumour bearers wrong.
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Over the course of this review we would be exploring this marketplace following this trajectory:
Famous for its claims to have a “female only” operation team, its U.I’s aesthetic, follows quite along with this claim. Also, its listing navigation is represented in a robust sidebar menu for users to browse across its products and service listings.
As at the time of writing, there are over 46K+ items listed on the site, all across its 11 different listing categories, with several sub-categories.
These listings are all accessible via the sidebar menu. Also, like with most darknet markets out there, certain goods and services are not allowed like child-porn, human parts, hired assassins and so on.
Unlike most DNM sites, Darkmarket operates a wallet-less system of transaction funding, which means that there is no central escrow purse for payment. On the contrary, payments from patrons are only made to separate newly generated addresses on settlement…
This mitigates the likelihood of huge funds being in the possession of its operators and limits the possibility of hackers getting hands on a centralized escrow money bag.
What is more, there is the option of 2-Factor-Authentication as an extra layer of protection.
All payments are settled with Bitcoin (BTC) or Monroe (XLM). Since payments are wallet-less, buyers only send out funds to pay for goods or
services, on-demand and these funds go to a generated dedicated wallet address meant for that transaction.
On the contrary, these dedicated address generated for transactions technically acts as escrow droplets, hence vendors only get the funds sent to them when delivery is confirmed, except for “Finalize Early” vendors.
Finally, the transaction commissions to the site operators are 3%. Withdrawals are permitted 14days after payments are made by the user or once delivery is confirmed. The only exception is if a dispute is made by a buyer or in cases of “Finalize early,” which is only open to trusted vendors.
With claims of female-only support, some users have attested to a relatively responsive support team. Even more, its operators openly claim that “they seek to be number one, along with all the responsibility that comes with being number one.” The official support language, out there, is English as is expected. What is more, the support team can be contacted
via the support messenger icon on the header of the site. Finally, the marketplace uses the UTC timezone.
For what its worth, Darkmarket has a robust and impressive product listing, as well as, a large audience, which is no surprise for a market that does wallet-less transactions. Also, its vendor profiles are transparent and its Multiple currency choices make payments relatively easier. With the UI, however, there are a few overlaps in its sub-categories.