DarkBay is a wallet-less darknet marketplace that’s often referred to as dBay. Keep in mind, though: this site has no known connection to the DarkBay Marketplace that launched in 2014 and has since closed. The newer dBay launched in July 2019 and has quickly become one of the most popular platforms of its kind. It currently boasts some 30,000 users and more than 7,000 active product listings, most of them of various drugs. There are two sides to every trade, but DarkBay particularly caters to being an excellent platform for vendors.
DarkBay is generally designed like a conventional darknet marketplace. You won’t find many, if any, big surprises inside its dashboard. The most unique aspect of the dBay’s design is its wallet-less structure. Deposits and withdrawals aren’t facilitated by the platform, rather users and vendors transact directly via escrow. The vendor bond to start selling on the site is now $75. dBay commonly waives vendor bonds for established sellers from other darknet marketplaces, like Empire Market and more. Like most other DNMs, dBay is designed to support the cryptocurrencies of Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), and Monero (XMR). The site does notably ban several types of commerce, for example around security and arms offerings.
One interesting feature of DarkBay is its Lifetime Affiliate Program. Through this service, a user gets a 20 percent commission on any dBay transactions made by others who signed up using their referral sign-up link. Another offering to keep in mind at this marketplace is its Featured Listing service. For the price of $100 a week, vendors can advertise a product on the dBay homepage for all the site’s users to see. Also, vendors who have made $100,000 in sales or have 6 months of perfect reviews are given access to a “Finalize Early” feature, which allows sellers to access buyers’ funds immediately.
All messages on DarkBay are encrypted, and vendors are required to list their own PGP keys on their profiles. As is a staple for darknet marketplaces, dBay also allows 2FA logins for improved user security. To fight against DDoS attacks, the site’s admins deploy DDoS Overlay Protection, too.
DarkBay is a relatively new arrival on the scene, but it’s made a name for itself in short order in establishing itself as a solid option for darknet sellers and buyers. It’s attractive vendor bond system could also see it continuing to steadily grow for the foreseeable future.