Ares market is a new dark-net marketplace that just launched in August. An admin of the market presented it as a platform built by vendors for vendors. The market claims that most competitor platforms are built by people with no experience in the industry. The admins of this market claim to have 25 years of experience in the industry.
Ares is trying to be a simple marketplace with just about everything you need to shop on the dark-net. It is built this way to attract even the most inexperienced dark-net users. The market has a very wide variety of products. With over 60 categories, you can find anything from illicit substances, to digital content.
Design & Interface
Ares is a very unique looking dark-net market. The design is very simple but inconsistent in some places. Overall, major improvements can be made. Some elements can also break when resizing the browser window. As for the interface, it's a different story. Ares is really simple to navigate. The market contains a basic top-bar with all the account options needed, and a side-bar with all the product categories.
Features & Security
When it comes to features, Ares does not stand out at all. The market is really basic on this scale and does not feature anything special. Basic security features like PGP encryption for messages and 2FA login are present. The market is completely wallet-less. Both Bitcoin and Monero are supported but the use of Monero is encouraged. This is due to its more privacy oriented nature of the cryptocurrency. QR code payments are supported.
Ares is the most basic marketplace we have seen in a long time. The admins claim that this is for simplicity, and to not scare away new users. The administrators of the market mentioned that an I2P version of the market is also being prepared. Despite the lack of features, Ares has been growing steadily and currently has over 1,500 listings. If the market keeps growing at this pace it might become one of the largest marketplaces. In such a case we expect major improvements to the design and functionality of the market.