Cartel Market

Cartel Marketplace is a relatively new, mid-sized darknet market that specializes in narcotics but also sells a wide range of other things. Cartel, which is a little more than a year old and is still relatively unknown to much of the darknet market world, touts itself as a “user-friendly, intuitive, and fun-to-navigate marketplace.” Indeed, the market simplifies things for users by allowing them to select from a variety of payment mechanisms (including Direct Pay and Multisig) and by keeping everything easily accessible. They do not require 2-FA and do not require PGP encryption of messages. While this may make Cartel less safe, it is undeniably more user-friendly than many other markets.

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The website appears to load slower than most other darknet markets, which means it can take an eternity to load at times. The page may take longer to load than the captcha allows, resulting in timeout issues. Cartel experiences a moderate amount of DDOS hits, which sometimes drive it offline, because it is renowned for hosting data dumps released by ransomware gangs. In general, the market admin interacts with users by providing regular market updates and replying to inquiries on the Dread forum. They appear to be dedicated to assisting their users in making the most of their experience and may have one of the most ‘hands-on’ staffs in the darknet industry.

 

Product Choosing

Cartel Marketplace has almost 9,000 listings. The majority of listings, as with other darknet markets, are for pharmaceuticals. Fraud, Drugs & Chemicals, Guides & Tutorials, Counterfeit Items, Digital Products, Other Physical Items, Services, Software & Malware, Security & Hosting are the primary categories of Cartel. The listings are carefully organized into dozens of subcategories. Cartel has a particularly extensive assortment of phony IDs and counterfeit money among the subcategories. They also provide support to a number of vendors who offer compromised accounts, personal information, scans, and data dumps.

Payment Modes

Cartel accepts payment in both Bitcoin (BTC) and Monero (XMR). They support both Direct Pay (per-order payments) and the regular account wallet system, which means you can fund your account before placing an order. Cartel offers Multisig for BTC payments for individuals who choose not to use Escrow or Direct Pay. Some sellers have a unique function activated that allows buyers who place an order and agree to Finalize Early to receive a discount.

Cartel Marketplace Pros

  • Well-rounded selection of items with vendors covering the globe.
  • Accepts XMR, flexible assortment of payment options.
  • Dedicated admin with a presence on several community forums.

Cartel Marketplace Cons

  • Slow to load, subject to frequent timeout errors.
  • Data dump and personal information sections attract LE.
  • Does not force PGP encryption, seems lax on some potential security issues.

Overall, Cartel appears to be a reliable go-to for many common darknet market commodities. We were impressed with the quantity and content of their digital products categories, in addition to their well-rounded range of substances. Cartel displays strong business practices by paying attention to their users’ wishes and needs, gradually establishing a positive reputation in the community. Though they may appear careless in terms of security considerations to some, those that practice excellent OpSec and know what they’re doing should have no trouble accessing this market.

 

Cartel Market Link

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