Cartel Market is a new dark-net marketplace that launched in June of 2020. Cartel is one of the weirdest markets to come out in recent times and we'll explain why. On cartel you can find all the products you can expect along with extras. Every single category imaginable along with countless sub-categories can be found on the Cartel Market. The market is relatively feature rich compared to most of its competitors. Despite that, the market does not offer but anything special or unseen in this space.
Design & Interface
The design of this market is very unique and is what makes this market weird. It looks like the Cartel Market team has no front-end developer. The design of the market is very inconsistent and all over time. Web-Design from 1990s? Check, 2007? check, 2012? Why not. The site looks like a weird 1990s, early and late 2000s combo. No one knew this was possible until the launch of this market. Don't believe us? Check it out yourself. The scaling of the site is also horrific with the site not even working on mobile.
Despite the weird design, the interface is fairly normal and simple to use. Just like on most markets, a top bar with all the account options can be found. Bellow that there is a search query with advanced filters. The search query can even filter products that can be purchased with your account balance. On the left-hand side of the market, there is a traditional category bar with all the categories.
Despite the questionable design, Cartel Market is feature rich. All the features required for a pleasant shopping experience can be found on the market. Cartel offers a built in wallet and accepts both Bitcoin and Monero. While a built in wallet is featured, coins can be deposited directly while placing an order. Traditional escrow support can be found alongside multisignature transactions for exit scam protection. As expected, PGP keys can be used for both 2FA and message encryption. The market also has a built in lottery with weekly winners.
While Cartel Market is not a horrible marketplace, it highlights the importance of a front-end developer team. If the market looked better and more consistent it would be a solid option. Currently, Cartel Market has over 500 listings and is slowly growing. We expect significant design changes if the team behind the market is looking to grow Cartel into a big competitor.