Comparison of Darknetmarkets

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A darknet market is a website operating in a darknet (i.e. Freenet, I2P, TOR) and in which goods and services (usually drugs) are traded. While the transaction itself may be illegal, the goods or services may or may not themselves be illegal to own, or to trade through other, legal channels.

The purpose of this comparison is to keep an overview about the constantly changing phenomenon of darknet markets. The comparison in durability, success and security shall enable people to evaluate markets and make independent decisions before using them.

Centralized Markets

All these markets have a certain concept in common. There is a staff team which is maintaining a website as an onion or eepsite in TOR or I2P. They offer all the features to vendors and buyers. They take some % of every transaction as commission for their own profit.

Name, Adress, Forum, Subreddit Date of Opening No. of Listings Registration 2-Factor-Authentification Escrow System Java Script, use of PGP enforced Security Incidents Wallet Clearing
Anthill
(http://khldt5et3aekegpw.onion.sale/)
2014-12-18 ~9000
Open No finalize early, central Yes No No No
Abraxas
(http://abraxasdegupusel.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://abraxasgacelesox.onion.sale/)
Subreddit
(/r/AbraxasMarket)
2014-12-13 ~350
Invite Only No finalize early, central No No No No
Agora
(http://agorahooawayyfoe.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://lacbzxobeprssrfx.onion.sale)
Subreddit
(/r/AgMarketplace)
2013-12-05 +14000
Invite Only Yes finalize early, central No No No No
Silk Road 3
(http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://qmxatp67yinspsuf.onion.sale/)
Subreddit
-
2013-12-05 +4000
Open Yes finalize early, central No No No No
BlackBank
(http://wztyb7vlfcw6l4xd.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://kth2mwuwlkezwziy.onion.sale)
Subreddit
(/r/BlackBank)
2014-01-31 ~700 Open Yes finalize early, central, multi-signature No No No No
Majestic Garden
(http://themgpeuawtfvbzi.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://bm26rwk32m7u7rec.onion.sale/)
Subreddit
-
 ? TMG is a forum to review and contact vendors who are considered to be very reliable. Open No - No No No -
Middle Earth
(http://mango7u3rivtwxy7.onion.sale/)
Forum
(http://mango7u3rivtwxy7.onion.sale/talks/)
Subreddit
-
2014-06-22 ~1000 Open Yes finalize early, central optional No No No
Nucleus Market
http://nucleuspf3izq7o6.onion.sale/
Forum
http://z34uj4opd3tejafn.onion.sale/
Subreddit
/r/NucleusMarket
2014-10-24 ~2500 Open Yes finalize early, central No No No  ?
Outlaw Market
(http://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion.sale/)
Forum
http://outforumbpapnpqr.onion.sale
Subreddit
-
2014-02-04 ~500 Open Yes finalize early, central No  ? yes [1]  ?
Panacea Flower Sanctuary
http://panaceaz4give75l.onion.sale
Forum
http://flower777wpnxpkj.onion.sale/
Subreddit
/r/Panacea
2014-10-27 ~120 Open Yes finalize early, "seamless" multi-signature No No No -
Silkroad Reloaded
http://silkroadreloaded.i2p/
Forum
http://silkroadreloaded.i2p/pyforum2/default/index
Subreddit
/r/SilkRoadReLoaded
2014-01-06 ~19 Open Yes
(mandatory)
finalize early, central yes No No No
The Free Market
http://tfmarket6iaddx45.onion.sale/
Forum
-
Subreddit
-
2015-01-14 ~20 No Account needed No finalize early, central No No No No

Explanations:

Criterion Explanation
Marketplace The name of the marketplace.
2-Factor-Authentification With 2-factor authentification you need to decrypt a with your private PGP key. This feature avoids successful phishing of your name and password.
Escrow System Escrow should ensure neither buyers nor vendors scam each other. No escrow increases the probability vendors or customers scam each other. On-site wallets decreases this risk but unfortunately were abused in the past to steal bitcoins from users by hackers or admins (Atlantis, Project Blag Flag, Sheep, Silkroad 2.0). With Multi-Signature-Wallets 2 of 3 people (Market Admin, Vendor, Customer) must agree to the release of the money in escrow.
Java Script, use of Many people consider Javascript as a securtiy risk. Some sites force you to turn it off before entering their site.
PGP (enforced) Is the use of PGP obligatory in private messages? Writing unencrypted messages endangers you and other people.
Security Incidents Bitcoins disappeared? Team members busted? Page hacked?
Wallet Clearing (after finished Escrow) Will your on site wallet be cleared if all transactions are finalized? With Multi-Signature Wallets a unique address is created for every transaction. Only the exact amount if money is required.

Minor Markets

(need to be integrated into chart or moved to dead marketplaces)

Dead Markets

Decentralized Markets

Decentralized markets are software which runs distributed like P2P filesharing software. A middlemen who is taking its cut is not needed anymore.

Name, Website, Sourcecode status distributed hosting anonymizing routing cryptocurrencies anonymous messaging build-in wallet ...
Shadow Project
(http://aboutshadow.com/)
(https://github.com/SDCDev/shadowcoin)
alpha P2P combined with PoS rewards in Shadowcoin  ? Shadowcoin yes yes
Open Bazaar
(https://openbazaar.org/)
(https://github.com/OpenBazaar/OpenBazaar)
beta P2P  ?  ? yes (GnuPG)  ?
Openmarket
(?)
(https://github.com/openmarket/openmarket)
beta  ?  ?  ?

Further Reading

General

Lists of darknet markets

Vendor directories and reviews

References

  1. ↑ http://www.deepdoweb.com/2014/08/01/outlaw-market-down-possibily-compromised/
  2. ↑ http://www.deepdoweb.com/2015/03/18/interview-with-nswgreat-evolution-staff-member/