The Top 5 Darknet Markets of January 2020
Starting this year, we will provide you with a list of the top 5 darknet markets each month. They are evaluated by both historical and current performance. The amount of (successful) trades is the most important metric but we also look at a variety of products, support quality, and other factors.
There was not much discussion, the number one market for this month is Empire Market, absolutely undisputed: It is the oldest active, most popular and largest darknet market site available.
Of course, as the largest and most popular site, you also attract a myriad of enemies. Last year, Empire had to fight against a lot of downtimes, bad rumors and other difficulties resulting from the envy of its competitors. Despite all that, Empire extended both its userbase and portfolio to remain in the undisputed number one position.
Empire Market is one of the most interesting darknet markets at the time: Because of the recent disappearance of similar market sites that were in competition, Empire seemed to have soaked up most of the traffic. That means that Empire is one of the first places to look if you are hunting for particular cheap prices.
It seems that Empire Market was the clear winner in regards to recent takedowns of other sites; a recent article on bitcoin.com sees a bright future for this market site which makes us believe that it will remain in the #1 spot for a while.
While the decision on who to put on first came rather easy, it was more difficult to place the runner ups. In a close call, Apollon Market secured second place in January. Apollon impresses with its vast array of different products. While there may be better markets if you are looking for drug-specific products, Apollon is the site for you if you want to explore other categories.
Apollon is also one of the few markets where the UI is available in several languages: English, German, Italian, French, and Polish. You can easily switch the language from the menu. The accepted currencies on Apollon are Bitcoin, Monero, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash as well as US Dollar.
Apollon is one of the best darknet shopping sites if you just like to browse a wide variety of products. Since it offers a customizable filter you can search for specific entries in every category. The escrow and trust system provides enough security to recommend this market with no reservations.
Our number three this month is Cannazon: The de-facto market if you look for anything weed-related. Marijuana remains one of the most popular products on the darknet, so putting a dedicated market for this category in the number 3 spot is fitting.
At Cannazon you can find different categories for weed (divided into further sub-categories like Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, etc.), Hash (sub-categories: Afghan, Morocco, Lebanese, etc.), concentrates, edibles (cookies, sweets, other), seeds, and other. So it is very easy to browse for a very specific kind of cannabis on this market. Additionally, you are able to filter all offers by price range (giving minimum and maximum price) so that only offers will be displayed that you are interested in.
If you are looking for the best possible selection of Cannabis products, Cannazon is the site for you. Not only offers it all the variety the typical weed lover craves for but also provides strong security features to protect the sales. An additional advantage is the extensive help section that covers every imaginable topic for anyone interest in either buying or selling Cannabis products.
Despite being a Russian-language only market site, Hydra secured the number 4 spot this month. This because there are many offers on that site that you won't find anywhere else. While the market is primarily primed at Russian citizens, many vendors also ship international so anyone can profit from the vast variety of offers on this site.
There is also a lot of activity on Hydra, since it is the go-to trading site on the darknet for the majority of Russians. The Russian language shouldn't be much of a problem for the experienced darknet user who will simply use Google translate to make sense of the relevant subsites.
The market itself is divided into a lot of different categories ranging from all kinds of drugs and prescription medication to a wide variety of digital products. Credit card information and SSN, as well as ID scans, are also available. There are also various shops that offer their own sub-categories.
If you are a resident of Russia or just located there temporarily, Hydra market is the site you should be looking at first when you want to purchase drugs online. The secure delivery methods protect you from potentially dreadful consequences, while the rough nature of the market in Russia deters vendors from scamming their customers.
In the final spot this month we find DarkBay - as the name implies, darkBay a.k.a. dBay can be regarded as the eBay of the darknet. This also becomes clear as soon as you visit the site: dBay is one of the few market sites that basically offer everything. So if you just want to browse for interesting items, this is a perfect site to spend your time on.
What's pretty unique about darkBay is that it is a wallet-less site, meaning that you do not need to deposit any money. All purchases are directly sent to an escrow account which will release the funds to the seller once the trade has completed. There are literally hundreds of different categories: From Software, carded items, counterfeits, drugs and chemicals to jewelry and gold as well as guides and tutorials - you can find about anything on dBay.
Currently, darkBay supports three currencies: Bitcoin, Litecoin and Monero. As mentioned before, you need no wallet or deposits on this site, all purchases are paid directly into escrow. Fund will be held in escrow for up to 14 days, but vendors with a high reputation can list “Finalize Early” (FE) offers that circumvent the escrow system.
darkBay is a great site if you just want to see what the darknet has to offer. Because of the vast number of different item categories, you might be able to find unusual things here. BUt of course, this is also perfect to acquire products that are not listed on any of the other popular darknet sites. As a general-purpose market, darkBay is unmatched - it is definitely one of the sites you should check out.
A site that almost made it into the top 5 is a rather new market platform on the darknet: Sipuli is the largest Finnish darknet market site and was created in early 2018, just after Silk Road went down. It was thought as an alternative to Silk Road since the disappearance of that market left a big gap, especially noticeable in the Scandinavian market.
Since then Sipuli has steadily grown its userbase and has some unique offers listed. The founder of the site built a strong community around his site, giving it some extra credibility due to its local (Finnish) nature. Of course, the disadvantage is that there is no English language version available but you could argue that as a benefit: Not providing the English language reduces the number of trolls and untrustworthy buyers and sellers by great amounts. At the same time, the Finnish language will not deter serious customers as it is not difficult (only inconvenient) to use Google translate to make sense of all the categories and offers.
Sipuli is not only a great market site for native Finnish speakers but also for those who are hunting for the cheapest prices: While it may cost extra work to run the site through a translator you may be able to find offers that you can't find anywhere else, because they are limited to the local darknet market in Finland. If you're hunting for the best possible price, definitely check out Sipuli market.