Silk Road and Dread Pirate Roberts dominated the Dark Web for the past years till its founder was arrested in October 2013. Following the FBI’s crackdown of the darknet, one of the largest marketplaces on the Dark Web has emerged, the Agora Marketplace. The darknet marketplace for contraband has grown bigger and is seeing explosive growth.
Agora, the online contraband bazaar, gets bigger in terms of products listed on their website. A report released previously in late October 2014 showed that it had as many as 18,250 for-sale products at that period, which had already surpassed Silk Road 2.0 before the latter was taken down and arrested its alleged administrator, Blake Benthall. Agora Marketplace is protected through Tor, the anonymity software. Further, the site accepts only bitcoin. When compared with other darknet marketplaces, Agora has several thousand more products listed on their website.
The Agora Marketplace has thrived remarkably since its launch in 2013 and has increased noticeably from their relatively 7,400 products listed on their website. It has proved to be very reliable and is one of the most secure darknet sites providing its users with anonymity and privacy.
There are only subtle differences between Agora Marketplace and its competitors. Unlike Silk Road, Agora allows its users to sell different categories of weapons. These include the powerful semi-automatic firearms. However, Agora is less permissive compared to other darknet markets. Websites such as Evolution even allow the sale of stolen goods and hacked credit card information. Agora’s rules prevent sale of stolen property, assassinations and other services such as weapons of mass destruction, child pornography, poisons, etc., that cause harm to others.
The site’s administrators are often tight-lipped in the user forums and mostly respond to only administrative issues such as scammers and site downtime. It avoids political rhetoric and allows users to sign up only if they have invite codes. The biggest advantage being enjoyed by Agora now is not exclusivity, but popularity. It has attracting a large number of users because if its reliability and security it offers.