In the process of doing so, the ratings of some hidden marketplaces have climbed while others have dropped.
Out of all the markets that have sailed through the wave, Dream Market stands out in its own way since it emerged as the top darknet market in mid-2017 after the fall of AlphaBay and Hansa markets, which were both seized by law enforcement agencies from the U.S., parts of Europe and Asia.
To date, the operation is regarded as one of the most successful takedowns of its kind in the history of darknet markets.
This guide will take you through all the necessary procedures of using Dream Market.
As expected, the market has integrated a lot of new features in its years of operation, and so far, this guide is all you need since it considers the most recent developments in the market.
Accessing the Market
Step 1. Get a VPN
So, first thing is first, the standard way of accessing the dark web must be followed.
It is essential to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) running before you can start on anything else because it will mask your IP address and double encrypt your internet traffic.
After you have acquired a VPN, then you may proceed and download Tor, then set up a PGP key which will enable you to set up two-factor authentication.
Where to Get a Virtual Private Network?
It is no doubt that a VPN is a widely used tool across the world by online users.
Irrespective of the nature of activities carried out when online by an individual, a VPN will ensure that you are safe from the prying eyes of third parties such as hackers and governments and law enforcement.
To learn more about how VPNs operate, you can click here.
As you would now know, Tor is not as secure as you think.
It is vulnerable to attacks and users are being compromised on a regular basis, this is why you must use a VPN along with Tor otherwise it is just a matter of time before your dark web activities are found out and you are then screwed.
After going through the above link and understand the essence of using a VPN, then you can get a VPN that works best with Tor here.
They have done a lot of testing with Tor on the Dark Web to find the best VPN’s.
Step 2. Download the Tor Browser
The Tor browser is a standard tool used for accessing the dark web. In as much as we have a few other options, the majority of users prefer to use Tor.
To find out more about how you can get and further use Tor, refer to this guide.
However, if you know how to use it, you can download Tor from the Tor Project website.
Once you have downloaded the Tor browser and you are ready to start it, then the very first page that appears—as shown below and at the very top—is where you insert the URL you wish to reach.
Always, always sure your VPN is on and running when you use the Tor browser to access the dark web. This ensures your protection while you’re browsing.
Step 3. Go To Dream Market
As earlier mentioned, before you can start the Tor browser, you first have to start the VPN and then turn it on.
Doing so makes the connections secure as compared to a situation where you first launch Tor then start the VPN.
So after the VPN is turned on and the Tor browser is started, you may proceed and enter the Dream Market URL.
Upon entering the URL, a page similar to the one above is what appears.
If you have an account, then you may proceed and log in, but if not, you first have to register.
We need to note that because darknet markets are very prone to hacks through phishing links, which is a significant problem for darknet users, market users ought to take note of the alternate URLs which will be very helpful in the event the primary link is down because of one reason or the other.
Below we have compiled for you a list of links that can be used in the event the main one is down.
Other alternate URLs are:
In the event the market is down due to a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, here is what you can do.
Step 4. Dream Market Registration
To register, you click on the ‘Register’ icon as shown below.
The registration process is straightforward and requires a pseudonym, password and username.
However, the market can help you choose a username by suggesting one for you.
So after deciding on the alias, you will be required by the market to enter a password, retype it, insert a withdrawal PIN and then input a Captcha code (which is the four characters in the box).
For the PIN, it needs to be sophisticated enough because if it is not, the system will automatically reject it.
After doing all this, then you are set to go, and you can click the orange box at the bottom which is written “Register.”
At this point, you are done with everything required for registration and a page like the one below appears.
Here, you need to take note of the PIN because it will be used when making purchases and withdrawals from the site. Write it down and store it somewhere safe.
Now, everything is set and you are ready to start browsing through Dream Market. What you need to do is click “Go to market” as shown with the arrow above.
Step 5. Create a PGP Key
Pretty Good Privacy, also known as PGP, is an encryption method used in darknet markets to set up two-factor authentication.
When setting up a PGP key, one is given a public and private key.
The private key is used by the receiver to decrypt content whereas the sender uses the public key for encryption purposes.
A point to note: The public key is used by all the senders of a message, hence the reason to call it “public.”
By referring to this guide, you will be able to know more about how PGP works and how to set it up. It’s a very simple process.
When you’re done setting up PGP, you can refer back to this guide to get started on using the Dream Market in the steps below.
Cryptocurrencies Used in the Marketplace
Dream Market has been using Bitcoin for most of its years in operation.
However, after the Bitcoin blockchain began experiencing delays due to network overloads, users began incurring the high transaction costs and unnecessary delays, which pushed the market to adopt other cryptocurrencies.
So far, Dream has integrated three virtual currencies—Bitcoin Cash, Monero and, of course, Bitcoin.
When a new user has logged into the market, they will see only one payment option, which is Bitcoin. To view the rest, you need to add them manually.
Take a look at the screenshot below, which is the first page you see after logging in.
By looking at the top right, you will only see one payment option (Bitcoin). We will show you how to add the rest.
To generate a Bitcoin wallet or to see your BTC wallet, click on the “Bitcoin” Option and the page below appears.
To withdraw Bitcoins, scroll down on the same page until you see the withdraw option as shown below.
Here you can enter the number of coins you wish at a fee of 0.00015 Bitcoins plus 0.5% of the amount.
It is evident that Bitcoin charges are high and hence the reason why other digital currencies are gaining preference.
Adding & Withdrawing Bitcoin Cash
To add BCH (Bitcoin Cash) onto the list of payment options, you will type /bchWallet at the end of the URL after logging in to the market.
The letter “W” needs to be uppercase, and if it is not, you will get an error from the system.
After doing so, you will see a page like the one below.
Now, if you take a look at the top right corner, you will see two payment options, which are Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash.
Below that, there is an option of generating a BCH address which you click and then see the page below.
Scrolling down the same page will take you to the part where you can withdraw your BCH funds.
To withdraw Bitcoin Cash from your account, the market charges a fee of 0.002 BCH.
Adding and Withdrawing Monero
The method used to add BCH is the same as Monero.
The only difference is that for Monero, we will type xmr/Wallet at the end of the URL after logging in and the option will appear.
Please take note that the “W” is uppercase and if you use a lowercase letter, then you will get an error.
At this point, you have added all the three cryptocurrencies, and the page that will appear is as shown below.
At the top right side, we now have Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and Monero.
Based on your preference, you can quickly select what you want.
Because of the fact that users have to add the other cryptocurrencies on a manual basis, some members of the marketplace who were unaware ended up losing BCH by sending it to their Bitcoin Wallets.
In the above page, you have the option of generating a wallet.
If you want to use XMR (Monero), then you can click on “Generate Monero Integrated Address,” and you will see the address generated in a page like this one below.
To withdraw funds, you can also scroll to the bottom of the same page, and you will see the withdrawal option at the very bottom. Monero withdrawals cost 0.005 XMR.
The other more straightforward way to withdraw funds is once you have all the three cryptocurrencies enabled, you click on the preferred choice at the top right and scroll down until you see the withdraw option.
If one is new to the market, they can browse through the categories by checking on the left side of the page and selecting the main category, which will display other subcategories.
For instance, this screenshot selects the “Drugs” category, which will bring other subcategories as shown below.
Depending on your preference, Dream Market has a wide variety of products to choose from.
Searching the Marketplace
Then, there is another way of exploring the market by use of keywords, which may include vendor name or drug name.
Since most of the vendors are known within the community, users are fond of using this method as it saves them the trouble of going through hundreds of listings in different categories.
To conduct a direct search, refer to the top right icon as shown below and here you may type the product name or vendor name.
In most cases, the market brings the top results—a clear indication that this mode can be helpful.
The Process of Purchasing
Earlier in the guide, we took you through how to add all the three cryptocurrencies used in the marketplace and how to deposit funds.
Here, you will get to know how to buy from Dream Market.
The very first step is identifying a product which happens after going through the categories and subcategories or after searching through the marketplace.
For the purposes of demonstration, we selected a product that falls under the digital category as shown above because the particular vendor has hundreds of ratings and accepts all the three digital currencies.
We will click on it to find out more about the product, and the page below is what will appear.
Here, you will learn more about the product including the vendor name, the vendor rating, the price, the shipment details and lastly, whether it accepts escrow or not.
By scrolling down, you will find more from the vendor about the production description.
Then, scrolling down again will show you the terms and conditions of dealing with the vendor.
It is essential to go through the vendor’s terms and conditions to have a better understanding of how they do business.
Doing so makes it easier to solve any issues in the event the client is not satisfied.
Checking the Vendor Profile
To view the vendor profile, click on the vendor name as shown below and you will be directed to another page with more information about the seller.
After clicking on the username, here is what will appear. In case of any issues with a particular vendor, you can report them by clicking on “Report vendor” on the right side just below the vendor profile image.
You can and also send them a message.
On the same page, you will find the terms and conditions of the seller. In most cases, they tell you how you can contact them for support in the event you have any issues.
There will also be a PGP key on this page, and you will scroll again.
Then after the PGP key, we have the option where one can directly send the vendor a message. It is essential to know when and when not to use PGP as some vendors request that other users avoid using PGP when sending a standard message such as “Hi.”
Now after typing a message, if the contents are very sensitive, then you may use PGP by entering the above capture and clicking on the small box and then sending the message as shown above.
The last part (which is at the very bottom of the page) is the other listings by the vendor.
Make Sure You Check the Vendor Ratings
Just beside the vendor profile option, you will see the vendor ratings as shown below. Before one proceeds to make a purchase, it is essential that they go through the evaluations in a bid to know the experience that the other buyers have with the seller.
Of course, better ratings translate to more customers’ over time and hence the need for sellers to ensure they have good reviews because it attracts clients.
On this page, you can know the exact number of ratings a vendor has received over the time they have operated on the market by scrolling down the page.
An important point to note is that no matter how well established a vendor is, they can never miss one or two negative comments.
How to Buy
Even though there are three cryptocurrencies in the marketplace, it is important to note that you cannot use all of them.
The first step is to identify what cryptocurrency the vendor accepts before you can go ahead and make a deposit.
If the vendor accepts all the three options as shown above, then you may select one cryptocurrency then proceed and click “Add to cart.”
After doing so, the screenshot below will appear if you are low on funds so what you do is refer to the instructions earlier on in the guide of how you can deposit cryptocurrencies.
Whenever you are buying, it is important to observe some procedures to reduce the chances of getting scammed by vendors. One of these is the use of escrow and FE (finalize early).
The other thing to take note of is the use of drop addresses, which will vary depending on the nature of the product being purchased.
Top 20 Goods Sold on Dream Market
Following, we listed the top 20 sold goods or services on Dream Market:
- Cannabis (Drugs) – 13,851
- Information (Digital Goods) – 13,331
- E-Books (Digital Goods) – 12,922
- Ecstasy (Drugs) – 9,505
- Stimulants (Drugs) – 9,049
- Fraud Related (Digital Goods) – 5,637
- Opioids (Drugs) – 3,478
- Psychedelics (Drugs) – 3,142
- Fraud (Digital Goods) – 3,065
- Benzos (Drugs) – 2,707
- Erotica (Digital Goods) – 2,645
- Counterfeits (Other) – 2,591
- Prescription (Drugs) – 2,314
- Steroids (Drugs) – 1,976
- Dissociatives (Drugs) – 1,949
- Hacking (Digital Goods) – 1,706
- Data (Digital Goods) – 1,637
- Jewelry (Other) – 1,551
- Software (Digital Goods) – 1,184
- Cash Out (Services) – 777
This is one of the most important steps whenever one is operating an account since it involves the security of the user and the setup determines how safe or unsafe one will be as they conduct their activities.
To get to the settings section, you click on the username which is located opposite the search bar on the top right.
After doing so, the page above is what will appear, and the first option is where you can change your password.
Further scrolling down, you will have the option of setting up a login method where you can choose to enable two-factor authentication or not. A point to note is that to set up 2FA, you must add a PGP key.
In the same area, there is also the option of selecting a preferred cryptocurrency, which can either be Monero, Bitcoin Cash or Bitcoin.
If you are a vendor, you can choose an avatar image here, and state the terms and conditions of trade with the customers.
Lastly, we have the part where you can insert the public key, which users will use whenever they want to encrypt the messages they send.
After all this is done, you may proceed and click “update.”
Just like many other marketplaces, Dream Market provides its users an opportunity to earn extra money by referring others to the market.
To join the program and get a link, go to the right side under the option “Links.”
Here there are a variety of options depending on what you want.
For those who wish to earn through the affiliate program, you may proceed and click on “Earn money.”
After doing so, the page similar to the one below is what appears, and the referral link is at the very bottom, so what you can do is share it across platforms for people to copy and register using it.
So for every person that has registered using the link, the one who has referred the other will earn as much as 25 percent of the commissions and trading fees for the purchases made by the one who has joined using the link.
The Dream Market Forum
The market’s forum can be found on the same section as the affiliate program as shown in the screenshot below.
Upon clicking the “Forum” icon, a page like the one below is what appears. Here you can create an account by going to the “Register” icon.
After clicking the on the “Register” option, you are set to create an account on the forum by entering the details requested by the site.
By looking at the screenshot above, there are only three things needed to create an account on the market forum.
The first is the username, which can be similar to the pseudonym used to create the Dream Market account.
The second is the password which you will be required to enter. And the last is the Captcha, which is meant to confirm that you are not a robot.
After all this is entered, then you may proceed and click “Register.”
After doing so, you will be automatically logged in to the market forum and you catch up on the latest news and discussions on the marketplace.
The thing to note is that the forum hosts several discussion panels ranging from announcements to scams, so depending on the interest of a user, they may select what they want to know.
And that’s it! Now you’re ready to enjoy exploring the site on your own.
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