Following the seizures and shutdowns of the AlphaBay and Hansa markets in July 2017 as part of Operation Bayonet, there was much speculation that Dream Market would become the predominant darknet marketplace. Formerly, Dream Market had been considered the second-largest darknet marketplace, with AlphaBay being the largest and Hansa the third-largest. Many vendors and buyers from AlphaBay and Hansa communities registered on Dream Market in the aftermath of Operation Bayonet.
Be reminded that when you load the Dream Market website, you need this URL: http://lchudifyeqm4ldjj.onion. It’s not something you can easily remember so be sure to bookmark or save it to avoid becoming a victim of phishing.
It’s a very quick process that allows you to get an account without revealing details about yourself, unless you get careless and you end up using the same account name you use for your other online accounts. Dream Market presumes everyone who uses the site to know that everything should be undertaken anonymously or incognito.
To make sure that you can protect your account, you have to go to your Profile page to set your login method and add your public PGP key. There are 4 login methods you can choose from: Password or PGP, Password Only, PGP Only, and 2FA or Two-Factor Authentication. 2FA involves the use of both password and PGP for logging in. To add your Public PGP key, you have to scroll down to see the field where you can add and update your PGP key.
The Dream Market site comes with a Messages section where messages from the site’s admin and conversations with other members are saved. You don’t have to worry about regularly cleaning your message inbox, though, because all of these messages are automatically encrypted. The Messages section, however, warns users not to trust messages from other users as they may include phishing links that lead to identity or personal data theft sites.
Overall, Dream Market marketplace has a responsive interface and neatly-organized content. It shouldn’t be difficult to find what you need to find on the site since there’s minimal content presented. The links to important pages are also strategically positioned.
• Digital Goods
• Drugs Paraphernalia
For Digital Goods, you can find data, drug (guides and literature), e-book, erotica, fraud, fraud-related, hacking, security, software, and information listings. The Dream Market Drugs category does not have an extensive list of subcategories but the most popular items are covered such as barbiturates, benzos, cannabis, dissociatives, ecstasy, opioids, prescription drugs, psychedelics, RCs, steroids, stimulants, as well as weight loss products. The Drugs Paraphernalia category does not have subcategories under it but features almost all of the sought after items. On the other hand, the Services category presents the following subcategories: hacking, IDs & Passports, money (quick money schemes). Lastly, Dream Market’s Other (major) category features counterfeits, electronics, jewellery, lab supplies, defense products and information, and miscellaneous items.
Notice that you will find two Dream Market Drugs categories. There’s the main Drugs category and a Drugs subcategory under the Digital Products section. The one under Digital Products only lists drug-related information products or digital media, most of which are e-books.
Although it seems that almost everything legal or illegal can be posted on the site, there are actually certain items that are prohibited. These prohibited listings are as follows: assassinations or the act of harming other people, weapons of mass destruction including explosives and chemical/biological weapons, poisons, child pornography, and videos or images of hurting people/animals, murder, and live action snuff.
These filters are already self-explanatory. For the benefit of newbies who are unfamiliar with the concept of escrow, though, here’s a brief explanation. Escrow listings are items wherein payment is not immediately given to the vendor or seller. Instead, it is held in Dream Market’s escrow system to be transferred to the seller only after the terms of the sale are fulfilled or after the item has been received by the buyer.
The buyer still pays at the time of the sale but the payment is not immediately given to the vendor. With Dream Market specifically, the buyer needs to finalize the order on the shopping cart page so the vendor gets the payment held in escrow. If you are fine with this kind of setup, you can include escrow items in your search results but if you prefer full payment at the time of the sale, you should choose the no escrow option.
Also presented in the vendor profile is an indicator as to whether or not the vendor is a trusted seller. A trusted seller is not necessary an untrustworthy seller. They just happen to be new to the site and have not advanced to earning a Trusted status yet. Similarly, vendors that have the Trusted indicator are not always necessarily trustworthy. Some of them may still end up doing an exit-scam.
That’s why it’s advisable not to take the ratings, feedback, and details on vendor profiles as they are. You have to exert some effort to assess if the vendors you are considering are really reliable. Examine their terms and conditions and go over the comments posted on the vendor profiles. Since most of the vendors on Dream Market also have accounts at other darknet markets, it shouldn’t be difficult finding information about them in marketplace boards or pertinent subreddits.
Your deposit will instantly be reflected in your account balance but you actually need 2 confirmations for the deposit transaction so it may take around 20 minutes before the amount you deposited becomes usable. To emphasize, the amount you deposited may already be shown in your account balance but you can’t instantly use it right after you made the deposit. The deposit address changes after each deposit but each deposit address is valid for one month. To be sure that your deposits get through, be sure to always use the most recent deposit address shown on the Wallet page.
Making withdrawals, on the other hand, is a straightforward process. Just fill out the Withdraw form. You will be charged a transaction fee of 0.0003 BTC.
Don’t hesitate to enter your real address because it will be encrypted. In fact, many Dream Market users recommend using your real name and address to avoid suspicion. Most people involved in the shipping or delivery business are acquainted with the people they often send packages to. You will only raise suspicions if you use a fake name and address. If you don’t want your package delivered on your doorstep, you can just get a P.O. box; it’s not that expensive.
Don’t expect your items to always arrive on time. You can’t compare Dream Market and other darknet markets to the likes of Amazon and eBay. There could be some delays. Don’t immediately initiate a dispute or request a refund. As a rule of thumb, consider waiting a minimum of 14 days before making a dispute or when the auto-finalize function (the system automatically classifying the sale as “fulfilled”) of the site is about to be activated. If you encounter issues, be sure to contact the Dream Market support team.