World Market link (Tor Browser required for access):

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In this article we explain everything you need to know to get connected to one of the darknet’s most popular markets, World Market.

Although World Market is still coming up on its 1st anniversary as a darknet market, it has already managed to attract quite a bit of attention and is currently one of the biggest such markets in operation. World Market is home to over 30,000 product listings and close to 1,000 vendors, including some of the best-known, highest-quality sellers around. Like most darknet markets, the majority of listings are related to drugs, although the market does have a considerable amount of digital item listings, as well.

In addition to Bitcoin (BTC), World Market also accepts Monero (XMR), as any good darknet market should. The account registration process is a breeze, and although the market seems light on security features (not a whole lot in the way of 2-FA or advanced options in this area) it seems of relatively sound design, and its continued operation is a testament to its effectiveness as a market.

The market claims that its admins are “expert security professionals,” or at least were at one time in the past, and they seem to think pretty highly of their ability to run a darknet market. The market takes a 4% commission from every sale, which has come to be the standard among darknet markets. We like that they have relatively stringent criteria for enabling vendors with Finalize Early (FE), as it reduces the chances of vendors scamming with customer funds.

World Market is one of the last markets to still offer the credit card “autoshop” feature which allows customers to purchase credit card info automatically and without having to wait for the vendor to accept the order. This feature has died across most markets, but World Market has kept their version of it up and running.

The fact that World Market continues to thrive and attract more vendors all the time speaks to the competency of its admins. The market does not suffer the same downtime issues as many of its competitors, has a relatively easy captcha system, and is easy on the eyes, as well.

The lack of multisig and direct payment (or pay-per-order) options is a bit of a bummer, and we don’t recommend keeping a big balance on the market. As healthy as any market looks, bear in mind it’s impossible to know when they’ll go belly up or pull a runner with customer funds. As far as they go, however, World Market gets the job done and is as good as any currently out there.

Basic Facts about World Market

  • Cryptocurrencies accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
  • Total Product/Service listings: 30,000+
  • Listing Categories: Drugs, Fraud, Digital Goods, Counterfeit Items, Services
  • Multi-signature escrow? No
  • Finalize Early? Yes
  • Cost of vendor bond: $1500

Before Getting Started

There are a few subjects that we recommend having a moderate to advanced understanding of before attempting to connect to World Market or any darknet market. These include the following:

  • Cryptocurrency transactions. You will need to know how to send and receive Bitcoin and/or Monero before attempting to place an order. We recommend using XMR over BTC because of its advanced privacy features, even though it may be slightly harder to obtain.
  • Tor browser. You will need to have the Tor browser installed and know how to use it properly. This is what allows you to access hidden services sites like darknet markets. World Market recommends turning off Tor’s JavaScript functionality before connecting.
  • OpSec. Short for “operations security,” OpSec is the practice of putting yourself in the shoes of an adversary to analyze weaknesses in your internet security. For example, never send XMR or BTC to your market deposit address straight from an exchange as this creates a theoretical link between your market account and real-life identity.

Don’t Get Phished

As one of the most successful darknet markets current in operation, World Market is the subject of a lot of phishing sites which look a lot like the market but are designed simply to steal your money. The most common way people lose money on the dark web is by getting a market URL from a random, untrustworthy source. For instance, you should never use Google or Reddit to find a link. Instead, use a trustworthy link provision service like darkfail or darknetlive.

Disclaimer: This guide is for research purposes only and should not be construed as advice; legal or otherwise. The authors of this guide do not condone activities that are illegal in your jurisdiction or others. Use the contents of this guide and/or World Market at your own risk.

Creating an Account

After you’ve found a verified World Market link and opened it, you’ll most likely have to solve a captcha before accessing the main login page. Click the highlighted “register” text in the login instructions to get started creating an account. The registration process is fairly simple, only requiring a username, password, and PIN code.

We recommend using a unique username that cannot be tied to your real life or other online identities and a password at least 8 characters in length, preferably a random combination of letters, numbers, and special symbols. After entering the password twice, you will need to enter a 6-digit withdraw PIN that will be used to confirm purchases and withdrawals. Next, solve the captcha and press the green “Join World Market” button.

If everything goes as planned, you will be redirected to the login screen, greeted with a message that reads “You are successfully registered, please login now” at the top. Re-enter your new credentials to log in to the market. Note that you can set the length of your desired session. This is convenient because it assures your account will automatically log out after the chosen period of time.

The first time you log in to the market, you’ll be presented with an account mnemonic. This is a string of characters that will allow you to regain access to your account should you happen to lose your password (or PIN).

Save your mnemonic in a place separate from your password, but that is also secured and where you won’t forget where it is. Check the box confirming you have saved the mnemonic, then press “Continue”. You will then be logged in to the market and are free to start browsing around.

Making a Deposit

World Market uses the traditional account wallet and escrow system, which means that you will need to make a deposit before placing an order. The market accepts both Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR). Because we recommend using Monero whenever possible, we will be making an XMR deposit for the purposes of this guide. To get started, click on the XMR balance toward the upper-right corner of the screen (currently says 0.000000). Note that World Market will not generate an address for you automatically, so you must first press the “Generate Monero Deposit Address” button to get an address.

World Market account addresses for XMR begin with “8” and include the entire string of bolded characters and numbers. If you are making a deposit from a mobile device, the QR code can be scanned by your XMR wallet for deposit. Deposits will take 2 confirmations, or roughly half an hour, before being reflected in your account balance. We recommend not depositing much more than enough to cover a single order at a time to mitigate the risk of loss should the market unexpectedly close or go offline.

Setting a PGP Key

To set your PGP public key, click on your username toward the upper-right corner of the screen. This will bring you to your main user profile page. In the left panel you will see a “Settings” option. Click it to open your profile settings. Next you will be presented with a series of tabs, open to “Edit Profile” by default. Click “Edit PGP Key” to switch to that tab. Copy and paste your PGP public key into the text box shown below. The bottom will look something like this when entered correctly:

If everything looks good, press “Save Changes” to continue. You will then be asked to prove ownership of the key by decrypting a message from the market. Copy the entire contents of the message, decrypt it using your PGP utility, and paste the contents into the box below. It will look something like this when correctly entered:

Press “Save Changes” to continue. If you decrypted the code correctly, you will see a message that says “Successfully saved!” at the top of the profile menu. Your PGP key has now been configured and you are ready to start receiving communications from other users.

Browsing World Market

World Market uses the same forum template used by some other famous darknet markets (AlphaBay and Empire), which means the market’s layout will look familiar to experienced users.

Below the welcome message in the main panel of the homepage is a Quick Search utility which works well enough and can save a lot of time. Below that are a few featured stores (vendor shops), followed by a collection of random listings and then news.

In the left panel, below your account stats and Autoshop options is the list of categories, which can be expanded into subcategories. Categories (and subcategories) for listings on World Market include:

  • Drugs (Cannabis, Stimulants, Dissociatives, Opioids, Psychedelics, Ecstasy, Prescription, Benzos, Steroids, Other Drugs, Tobacco)
  • Fraud (Cards and CVV, Dumps, Drops – Bank, Bank Logins, Other Fraud Related, Other Logins, SSN/DOB/Other, Gift Cards)
  • Digital Goods (Guides, Other Software, Botnets and Malware, Commercial Software, Exploits / Exploit Kits)
  • Counterfeit Items (Money, Jewelry, Other Forgeries)
  • Services (Fake Documents – Digital/Physical, Hacking, Others, Carding)

Clicking on a category (and/or subcategory) will bring up some top listings for that category, which can only be sorted by price. Because of this limitation, we recommend clicking on a subcategory to narrow the items specific to your search. From this view, basic information about each listing is displayed, including the USD (or your fiat preference) buy price, as well as the prices in BTC and XMR. You can also see the name of the vendor and their number of completed sales.

Pressing the title or “View” on a listing will bring you to the product listing page.

Here you can see extended information about the product, including total number sold, quantity left, shipping to/from info, payment types accepted, and shipping methods. Below this you can find the vendor’s description of the product, along with feedback left by customers about it and the vendor’s refund policy.

Be sure to give this information a read-over before placing an order with a vendor – especially for the first time – because it can give you an idea of what to expect going forward.

Clicking on a vendor name reveals the following information:

At the top, we can see the vendor’s total number of sales (next to their name), Vendor Level (relative to sales on the market) and Trust Level (relative to number of markets vendor has operated on). Also shown is their overall positive feedback %, length of time as vendor, and their last online date.

To the right of this are buttons allowing you to see all the vendor’s listing (Vendor Store), send them a message, etc. Below this is a breakdown of the vendor’s feedbacks. This can go a long way in letting you know if a vendor is still considered relatively trustworthy or not. Finally, you can see the vendor’s ratings average by component (Stealth, Quality and Delivery).

Below the feedback are a series of tabs, set to a welcome message left by the vendor as default. You can also read their refund policy, view different categories of feedbacks (Positive, Neutral, or Negative). If you want to send the vendor a message that might contain sensitive information, their PGP key can be found in a tab here as well.

Picking the right vendor can be the difference between a good darknet market experience and a bad, which is why we always recommend going with the more experienced, higher-rated vendor when presented with a choice. New vendors with little experience may not know what they are doing, and vendors with bad ratings should be avoided altogether. Don’t try to save a couple extra bucks by going with the no-name vendor over the established pro as it could cost you a lot more in the long run. Let other buyers be the guinea pigs for newbies still trying to establish themselves.

Placing an Order

After you have found an item you wish to purchase and clicked on its listing page, select the shipping option you want to use along with the quantity. Next, click on the Bitcoin or Monero “Buy Now” button that corresponds with your payment coin of choice. Make sure you have enough coins in your balance or the system will not allow you to continue with order placement.

The next step is to enter your shipping information, which much be encrypted. World Market recommends using an offline, open-source PGP utility to perform your encryptions. You can find the vendor’s PGP public key in a tab on their profile. It only takes an extra minute for you to encrypt this information yourself, and in this day and age it is a must do. Not only will they ignore orders with unencrypted shipping information, some vendors will even blacklist customers for failing to encrypt these details.

After pasting your encrypted shipping information into the text box, review the order total to make sure it is about what you expected to say. After placing the order, the payment amount will be deducted from your account balance and the vendor will be notified to begin preparing it for delivery. The vendor has 72 hours to ship your order before it will be marked as cancelled, in which case payment will be released back to your account balance.

Most deliveries are made within two weeks, but you should remember to finalize your order after you have received it and determined it to be to your expectations. Finalizing the order on your end will release your payment held in escrow to the vendor. Not doing this forces the vendor to wait for the order to auto-finalize before they can get paid and is considered bad buyer etiquette.

Vendors who have achieved a vendor level of 5 are allowed to open up orders for finalize early (FE). If the order you placed is an FE order, you will need to mark the order as received after it is marked as shipped. This option is reserved for trusted vendors with a high positive feedback rating. Usually, vendors are trustworthy if they have this option available, but in the rare case you should have a problem with an FE-enabled vendor, you may find yourself with little recourse.

If you get the order and it’s not what you expected – or you never get it at all – you can open a dispute against the vendor. This will stop the payment from auto-finalizing and result in a review by a moderator. After making your case, the vendor will have a chance to respond. The moderator will then take the whole of evidence into an account and make a decision to either refund the buyer or pay the vendor.

Most of the time vendors are willing to put in a little extra effort to make sure their customers are satisfied. After all, a vendor’s reputation is everything as we have nothing else to trust them by. This means that they will work with the customer by issuing them a refund, half refund, replacement, etc., if some problem with the order should occur.

Conclusion

World Market has witnessed amazing growth over the 10 or so months of its existence thus far. It has managed to attract quite a few high-quality vendors; some of which have been known across multiple markets for years. This is a sign that the market’s admins are doing something right, and from what we can tell, customers don’t have a lot of complaints with World Market either.

Though not perfect, World Market is highly functional and rather intuitive for new users. The division of popular item categories into subcategories makes them easily browsable, though their filter and sort functions could use a bit of expansion. They aren’t as flexible as some of the competition in terms of order types, and it’s a bit of a bummer to have to be totally reliant on the old-school market escrow system.

Regardless of some minor complaints, World Market does as good a job as any darknet market, and if you follow the instructions presented in this guide, you should have no problem using their website. Just stick with highly experienced vendors, keep your order sizes small (less than a kg), and make sure you practice reasonably efficient OpSec.