The Best Darknet Markets and Vendor Shops for 2023

 

Finally we are ready to publish our list of recommended darknet markets and shops for 2023. You may ask why this is published in the middle of the year instead of the beginning. The reason is that at the beginning of the year, most darknet markets were not reachable due to ddos-attacks so it didn’t really make sense to publish recommendations.

By now the situation has improved a lot and many darknet markets are working fine again. So now we are ready to put out our recommendations for the best dark web markets in 2023.

 

Before choosing a Darknet Marketplace

 

The darknet is good for many things, however, due to its nature, it has some issues any user needs to be aware of and needs to understand how to deal with these issues. With scammers, honeypots, security flaws, and overall unmonitored internet usage before choosing a darknet market you need to make sure you have a good understanding of Operations Security (OpSec).

You need to have the Tor Browser as this is the only way one can open a darknet marketplaces website. You will also need a good VPN, preferably one that you need to pay for. Its nobody else’s business to know what you are doing over the web, but when you are using the darknet you need to take that more seriously.

Once you open the Tor Browser you need to find a .onion link for the website you are looking for. Using sites such as Dread and the Hidden Wiki to find out information on websites, but DarkFail is often used as a good site to ensure you are getting the correct .Onion link as there are many phishing links to a replica scam site.

PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) Keys are essential for most darknet marketplaces. Ensure you already have a PGP tool to use. PGP Keys are used as a privacy method to encrypt any data sent between parties. You need this to encrypt your address, speak to your vendor, and log into some darknet marketplaces.

You will need to setup a payment method using a crypto wallet. Old school users will back Bitcoin (BTC), but the blockchain does have some security flaws, so we suggest using Monero (XMR). I should note that using an exchange to send through payments is dangerous, set your own wallet up.

Now that you have all this setup, let us look at which marketplace you will make your home.

Best Darknet Markets

 

Vice City

  • Location: EU and US mainly
  • Currencies: Bitcoin
  • Established: May-25-2020
  • Payment Method: Multisig, Escrow and Finalize Early.
  • Fees: %4 commission on all sales, $99 Vendor Bond

There is no doubt that Vice City has to be on top of this list: It is one of the oldest and most reliable markets available, has great pricing and one of the largest product portfolios of any darknet shop. While it struggled with ddos-attacks at the beginning of the year, it now has recovered and loads smooth and quickly.

Since the site launched in 2020 it quickly gained a reputation for its “flawless coding” of the site, they even offered high rewards to users who could find holes in the site. Vice City has a large community and there are over 9,000 listings active worldwide. The site keeps vendors clean by ensuring any inactive accounts are removed after a month.
The site’s security checks all the boxes with 2FA, PGP encryption, and Multisig Payments, though they do not currently accept Monero as a payment method.

The market is an open one for the most part and allows listings for drugs, fraud, credit cards, stolen data, and Digital items. Basically only the following is not allowed on Vice City:

  • Weapons / Explosives
  • Hitmen / Murder for Hire Services
  • Fentanyl (including any analog)
  • Stolen data containing information of any user under 21 years of age
  • Doxxing or Doxxing services.
  • Pornography of any type.

Smokers Co

  • Location: World Wide, Mainly English
  • Currencies: Bitcoin
  • Established: 2022
  • Payment Method: Escrow, FE (For trusted shops only)
  • Fees: %4 commission on all sales, $1500 Vendor Bond

SmokersCo provides its own vendor shop that will ship various Cannabis products to you. While this site is a vendor shop, it pretty much works the same as generic darknet markets: Before purchasing anything, you will need to register an account (as usual, no email address required). Purchases are then completed like on other market sites, including a shopping cart. If the vendor shop is up, you can find the onion link for the Smokers Co. vendor shop to the right of this article.

The products are sorted into two different categories, weed and hash. The available products within the categories are subject to constant change so it’s worth checking the site frequently for updates.

SmokersCo Summary

If you are looking for cannabis products, especially weed or hash this is one of the sites that should be in your bookmarks. Because the site is a vendor shop, you are guaranteed low prices but at the same time, the site is designed like a standard darknet market for easy navigation. The fact that SmokersCo includes public reviews for all their sales gives additional security for new buyers.

ASAP Market

  • Location: EU based, Worldwide
  • Currencies: Bitcoin
  • Established: Early 2020
  • Payment Method: Escrow, Multisig
  • Fees: $200 Vendor Bond

ASAP is an all-purpose darknet market with the primary focus on drugs of all kinds. There is no need to create an account to browse the market, but you will need to register before purchasing anything. If the market site is up, you can find the onion link for ASAP Market to the right of this article.

ASAP market is sorted into different categories, a majority of them being drug-related. As such you will find stimulants, cannabis and hashish, steroids, barbiturates, ecstasy, opioids and various others. The catalog constantly changes so make sure to check it out frequently. But the market also offers some non-drug categories such as counterfeits, fraud, or digital goods.

As a unique feature, ASAP Market is the first to introduce DeadDrop and with Maps feature. Offering the best user experience and advanced safety features for a dead drop marketplace.

The market has an escrow system, so all orders can be considered secure. But ASAP Market stresses that buyers should never use any messaging outside of the marketplace of they cannot protect from scams. Escrow Orders will be auto-finalized in 14 days for physical products or 3 days for digital products.

 

ASAP Market Summary

ASAP Market is a great site for customers who like to browse through mixed catalogs. While the site is mostly focused on drugs, you can also find all kinds of other items. Make sure to check it out regularly because the market is very active and new listings appear almost daily.

Los Urabenos

  • Location: USA
  • Currencies: Bitcoin and Monero
  • Established: Mar-21-2018
  • Payment Method: Escrow , Direct, FE

Cannahome is a drug-based marketplaces that is specific to users in the United States. Their primary focus is on mushrooms, cannabis, and cannabis based products. Cannahome is a bit smaller than the previous two markets with about 100 vendors country wide and about 3000 products to choose. Cannahome has a focus on it’s safety systems.

Cannahome became popular because of their system on how they select vendors. Every vendor on the platform needs to already have 500 or more sales from other darknet marketplaces and must have less than 1% negative reviews. This almost removes any possibility of scam vendors. The results in having trustable venders, is that you would find products on the site are more expensive in comparison to other darknet markets.

Cannahome replaced the fallen marketplace CGMMC and made it better. Their staff are well known, and manages to solve disputes within a few days. Although they push for Multisig Escrow payments, vendors do have a FE payment option too.

 

Yale Lodge

  • Location: International
  • Established: 2020
  • Currencies: Monero, Bitcoin
  • Payment Method: Escrow / FE
  • Fees: 5% commission on all sales

Yale Lodge is a private card shop that exclusively sells its own CVV credit cards. There are no dumps or packs but the dataset of cards is fairly large. Additionally, Yale Lodge provides an SSN and DOB Lookup service.

To get full access to the market, you will have to deposit $350 in total, of which $150 is the registration fee and $200 go directly into your account as the minimum deposit. Yale Lodge offers more payment methods than most, you can deposit using Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, and Zcash and only one confirmation is needed for an acceptable transaction. Note that Yale Lodge also takes a commission of 6% on any deposit. Once your deposit has been cleared, you have full access to the card shop and the additional services like the DOB and SSN checker.

Yale Lodge is a great card shop, especially if you are interested in automating your business as much as possible. Yale Lodge offers just the right options for that, including their own API. Plus the owners are constantly improving the site and adding more features – they also provide a 24/7 ticket support system. Yale Lodge is a great site for anyone who wants to set up an automatic carding business.

 

We Are Amsterdam

  • Location: Netherlands
  • Currencies: Bitcoin and Monero
  • Established: 2019
  • Payment Method: Escrow, FE (Auto FE)
  • Fees: $300, $1500 for FE (free for established vendors)

WeAreAmsterdam is a dutch vendor that provides a dedicated shop site for for cannabis and other drug related products. It has a fairly large selection is worth a look at since it often offers cheap prices for various drug-related products.

If you place an order, you will need to pay it within 60 minutes or it will be automatically canceled. You pay the amount required at the end of the checkout. The shipping price is already included in the price you see. Also, note that the vendor shop is wallet-less (you don’t have a personal wallet on the site) to you pay the required amount on checking out. You will see the generated BTC/XMR address there.

Even though WeAreAmsterdam has not the largest selctions, it is still worth checking out because you may find an offer that is not available anywhere else. The available products always change so it’s a good idea to check the site frequently if you are a typical customer of the offered products. And since it is a vendor shop you may get cheaper offers for specific products than on any popular market site.