Apocalypse Market is a new entrant to the world of darknet markets. It offers both physical goods such as drugs and counterfeits, fraud-related items, and digital goods such as software and guides.
Disclaimer: By using Apocalypse Market for any form of transaction, you may be committing an illegal act in your country. The information provided here is for educational and research purposes and is not intended to promote any illegal activity. Any actions you choose to take are 100% your own responsibility.
Apocalypse Market key information:
- Apocalypse Market Link (Primary Onion URL):
- Mirror Links: http://337xmvn2st4xuxdsmyon2pxoz4pvjxaigkvcr2x7nllagdxxg25pidid.onion
- Online since October 2022
- Cryptos accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
- Multisig support? No
- Walletless? No
- Vendor bond: $250
- Key features: PGP 2-FA, Escrow
- Categories: Drugs, Services, Counterfeits, Fraud, Digital
Upon first entering the market, you’ll be greeted with a familiar layout that’s not dissimilar to many other markets out there. This does have the obvious benefit of making it very easy to navigate. It is possible to browse products on Apocalypse Market without signing up for an account, although you won’t be able to view more detailed information such as vendor profiles until you have signed up.
Registration is very simple. All you need to do is provide a username and password, then complete the simple captcha challenge. You’ll then be given a mnemonic code (make sure you save this in case you ever forget your password), after which point your account is set up.
Apocalypse Market Rules:
The rules here are in line with most darknet markets. Sales of weapons, CP, terrorist activity, etc. are not permitted. Dealing outside of the market is also not allowed, as you would expect.
The bond for new vendors is $250, which is reasonable for a market of this size. It is stated that vendor refugees from other markets are welcome and eligible for a free bond.
Searching for products:
In order to search for a product, you can either search by category name (listed on the left-hand side of the home page) or enter what you’re looking for on the search bar at the top of every page. Unfortunately, there are no advanced search options, so you can’t filter by the country of shipping origin for example, nor can search results be sorted in any way.
Results are displayed in grid format which contains key information such as a product photo, brief product description, vendor name, price (in both dollars and bitcoin), and an indicator as to whether the product is in stock. Unfortunately, you can’t see where a product ships from until you enter the individual listing. You’ll also need to enter the listing to view any review information.
Within the listing page for an individual product, you’ll find a nice large photo, a detailed description of the product, plus details about shipping, price, etc. Reviews from other buyers are displayed at the bottom of a listing, which is great for helping you make a purchasing decision.
As well as details about a specific product, you can also view more information about a specific vendor by clicking on their name (near the top right of the listing). Here you can see how many total sales they have had view feedback from across their entire product range, and see their average review scores from 1 to 5 (5 being excellent, 1 being terrible). You can also send the vendor a private message, or report them to the market staff if you believe they have broken market rules.
Making a purchase:
Decided what you want and want to make a purchase? Apocalypse Market doesn’t offer walletless / direct pay, so the first thing you will need to do is deposit funds to your market wallet. All payments are in Bitcoin or Monero. Start by going to your dashboard (click on your username in the top right of the page), then proceed to the wallet page and click ‘Generate new BTC Wallet Address.’ or ‘Generate new XMR Wallet Address.’
Before making a crypto deposit to the address shown, be sure you’re not on a phishing site (check your onion link against those listed on Torhoo). It is advisable to deposit slightly more than the quoted cost in case there is a fluctuation in the BTC / XMR price between the time you make the deposit and the time it appears in your wallet.
Once the deposit is confirmed, you can proceed with a purchase. Select the item you want from the relevant product page, enter your address (we recommend encrypting this yourself with the vendor’s PGP key), then click ‘Buy Now’.
You can check on any pending orders within your dashboard, and from here you can receipt orders that have arrived, leave a review, or raise a dispute. We always recommend messaging a vendor first before disputing any order (within the 12-day escrow window). The vast majority of vendors will try their best to resolve the situation with you in the first instance.
Conclusions on Apocalypse Market:
- Simple and easy-to-navigate interface
- A wide range of product types offered
- No requirement to register in order to browse the market
- No walletless / direct pay
- No support for any cryptos other than Bitcoin and Monero
Whilst Apocalypse Market doesn’t offer any groundbreaking features, it certainly does a solid job of covering the basics with its simple and relatively user-friendly interface. It’s a striving market and it’ll be a while until it’s capable of competing with the more established players, but the early signs are promising and it’s certainly one to watch. Why not take a look for yourself?
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