Empire Market alternatives, that’s what every darknet fanatic on the web is looking for. Well yes, Empire Market exit-scamming wasn’t something anyone could’ve anticipated.
Either way, markets get shutdown. It has happened since time immemorial. Silk Route was seized and gave way to Alphabay, Alphabay got seized making way for Dream Market, Dream Market willingly shut operations launching Empire Market to popularity.
Now, there must be some trustworthy alternative to Empire Market as well, right? That’s what this list will get you.
Note that all these marketplaces are multi-vendor and (mostly) multi-currency marketplaces. Hence, they resemble Empire greatly in terms no product-quantity, payment modes, and even security features.
Before we start, I’d just like to mention that buying/selling illegal goods/products/services is “illegal”, even on Darknet Markets.
This guide is purely and solely for educational and research purposes. We aren’t encouraging you to buy/sell anything on these marketplaces.
We also can’t guarantee the legitimacy of the marketplaces and/or the vendors/buyers.
Hence, any and all actions, be it financial, legal or in any other regard, will 100% be your own responsibility.
We can’t be held responsible if you commit a crime on these marketplaces. We repeat, do not buy/sell anything illegal, anywhere.
Best Empire Market alternatives
These are the Best Alternatives to Empire Market for 2020:
The graph above will show you the no. of products each of these marketplaces offer.
Let’s get you brief details about each then?
1. Icarus Market
Icarus Market is currently the best Empire Market alternative. This is primarily because of its impressive number of products and overall features.
Here’s an overview of the marketplace:
- Onion URL: http://tjfr4vfwmq6df4hc.onion/
- Total products: 25,000+
- Vending fee/bond: $250.00
- Accepts payments in: BTC, XMR, LTC
- Prohibited items: Weapons, Fentanyl, Illegal porn
- Security: 2-FA via PGP/ PIN/ Login phrase/Mnemonic code
As of today, Icarus Market boasts nearly 25,000 listings . Except weapons, illegal porn and Fentanyl, you can literally find everything else on the marketplace.
All the standard darknet products are listed. This includes drugs, fraud-products, jewellery, software, guides, money transfers, cards, accounts and everything in between.
The vendor–bond is surprisingly cheap. It only demands a $250.00 vending fee. I said cheap, that’s because you’ll soon see how most other Empire Market alternatives (even the less successful ones than Icarus) charge double this amount.
Every security feature that should exist on a darknet market, does on Icarus. This includes 2-FA, security PIN, login phrase, and also an in-built “PGP Encrypt” feature. It also provides a mnemonic code for account recovery.
It’s a multi-currency marketplace and you can make payments via Bitcoin, Litecoin and Monero. Bitcoin has a 0.0007BTC minimum deposit requirement. Withdrawals cost 1% of the withdrawal amount.
For more details on its minimum deposit/confirmation requirements, check our detailed Icarus Market review.
If it matters to you, there’s no other market which offers a search-feature as advanced and filter-rich as Icarus.
2. Torrez Market
Torrez Market seems to do a lot of things for the “first” time in the darknet industry. Well first, here’s an overview:
- Onion URL: http://yxuy5oau7nugw4kpb4lclrqdbixp3wvc4iuiad23ebyp2q3gx7rtrgqd.onion
- Total products: 4600+
- Vending fee: $250.00
- Accepts payments in: BTC/XMR/LTC/ZEC
- Prohibited items: Underage porn, weapons, fentanyl, transfers, cards,
- Security: 2-FA via PGP/ TOTP, Security PIN, Mnemonic code.
- Escrow: Yes + Multisig transactions
Torrez is the only darknet market in the industry which offers a wallet-less mode, as well as centralized-wallet. That’s a first, and, arguably the best mode(s) a marketplace could implement. It offers both the choices to users.
Then, it accepts as many as 4 Cryptocurrencies. These include Bitcoin, Litecoin, ZCash and Monero. It also offers multisig-escrow which too is pretty rare.
The number of products isn’t impressive though, it’s just around 4,500 for now. But, it does offer these in varied categories including drugs and chemicals, software & malware, services, tutorials, counterfeit etc.
It doesn’t allow the trade of weapons, underage porn, money transfers, or even cards (only those which can be recharged/topped up/ are prepaid). That does limit the marketplace somewhat for vendors, however, betters it for the buyers.
The vendor-bond is comparatively cheaper and is priced at just $250.00. Obviously, it’s waived for established customers if all the requirements are met.
It obviously offers escrow, however, multisig transactions too are offered. The search-panel is extremely filter-rich. The user-interface too is largely traditional without a big learning-curve.
Takes security very seriously. The only Empire Market alternative which offers TOTP (temporary OTPs) via Google Authenticator and other third-party apps. 2-FA via PGP and a security PIN can be set for added security.
3. DeepSea Marketplace
DeepSea too is a new marketplace that was launched in 2020.You’ll find an almost identical interface here to what Empire Market offered.
- Onion URL: http://hshlpewgid57veduk7k6d6rt2rmyl5d4juif3ncb5oqc6ko6qdkas4id.onion
- Total products: 9731
- Vending fee: $150.00
- Accepts payments in: Bitcoin & Monero.
- Prohibited items: Porn accounts/ Illegal porn/ Money making guides/ Fentanyl / Hitman service/ weapons.
- Security: 2-FA via PGP/ PIN/ login phrase.
- Escrow: Yes.
So, it doesn’t have as many products as Icarus Market even though it was launched earlier than Icarus.
However, its 9731 listings are still more than enough for most darknet buyers. Products are available in categories such as drugs, fraud, digital Goods, jewels and gold, counterfeit items etc.
As far as account security goes, it lets users set a PIN, a login phrase and 2-FA via PGP.
A very long (24 character) mnemonic code too is generated after registration. No major account change is possible without the mnemonic. Pretty secure, eh?
It accepts Bitcoin and Monero (recently implemented) for making payments. Deposits must amount to a minimum 0.0001BTC.
There’s also a 0.3% fee on deposits. This is required for the “internal mixing” that the marketplace claims to use for more anonymity.
All deposits must be made to a centralized marketplace wallet. Funds can be withdrawn if they’re a minimum 0.005BTC.
Vending accounts can be activated for $150.00 . This fee is non-refundable. There’s also additional commission on each sale. The vendor accounts are offered for free if the vendor is established on other popular marketplaces.
Another Empire-like feature that it offers is its lottery. Users choose random numbers, if the numbers match with the lottery’s result number they win money from the prize pool.
4. Apollon Market
If you need an alternative to Empire Market that’s also equally product-rich, Apollon Market wouldn’t disappoint. It also has an established repute and trust in the industry primarily because it’s over 2 years old.
- Onion URL: http://apollionih4ocqyd.onion
- Total Products: 64910
- Vending fee: $200.00
- Accepts payments in: Bitcoin, Monero, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash.
- Prohibited items: Illegal porn/ Fentanyl/ weapons.
- Security: 2-FA via PGP/ PIN/ login phrase
- Escrow: Yes
I must admit, Apollon Market is one of the slowest-growing marketplaces. Its product-stock hasn’t grown even by a single product in the last 2 weeks! It has been stable at 64910 listings.
But then, that’s more than what both the Empire Market alternatives listed above amount to, combined.
Buyers can find all the traditional darknet products over there. This includes drugs, fake products, digital goods, carded items, services, malware etc.
Another feature which makes it an Empire Market alternative is its “cards autoshop” just like Empire Market offered.
Then, it also offers one of the most options-rich payment modes. Buyers can make payments using Bitcoin, Litecoin, Monero and Bitcoin Cash.
Bitcoin deposits must be a minimum of 0.0005 BTC. Similarly, XMR deposits must be at least 0.16XMR, LTC has a 0.08LTC and BCH a minimum deposit requirement of 0.02BCH. Comparatively, these are some of the highest requirements in the industry.
Withdrawals too are charged. Bitcoin has a withdrawal fee of 0.0001BTC. It’s 0.015LTC, 0.003BCH and 0.02 XMR for the respective coins.
The login phrase, security PIN and 2-FA via PGP are all available as well. The vending fee is $200.00 , non refundable. Although vendors aren’t allowed to sell weapons, illegal porn, or Fentanyl. Also, the vendor bond is waived for established vendors on other marketplaces.
DarkMarket offers a slightly different interface than what’s traditional in the DNM industry. It’s not completely new, yet not identical to Empire, Icarus or Apollon’s interface.
- Onion URL: darknet3ysxpbjtvbtyqorzuq3bp4pk3vt4fuhqxz6h2bzj2kyjbisqd.onion
- Total products: 49938
- Vending fee: $400.00
- Accepts payments in: BTC/XMR
- Prohibited items: refer to the screenshot below.
- Security: 2-FA via PGP.
- Escrow: Yes
Starting with the products, DarkMarket publicly shows its product-stock to be 49938 items. However, I suspect this is the number of overall products ever added to the marketplace and may not be the current product-quantity.
Its list of prohibited items is comparatively longer than other darknet markets as well. Here’s everything that’s prohibited on the marketplace:
If its public notification is true, it could be one of the most user-rich darknet marketplaces for now with over 231.5K registered users.
Selling on the marketplace is expensive. It costs $400.00. Again, established vendors are eligible for a free account.
My most favourite feature on DarkMarket is that it’s wallet-less. Meaning, no advance deposits required to any centralized wallet. Each order is paid for on the checkout page, individually.
This means, the marketplace can’t ever exit-scam with user-funds, because, user-funds aren’t stored in its centralized wallet anyway.
Payments can be made both in Bitcoin and Monero. It’s also the established only Empire Market alternative which supports direct Bitmessage integration.
The security features sure could use an upgrade. It only allows Escrow and 2-FA. However, the admin publishes a warrant canary every 7 days. If it’s not updated, it indicates the marketplace is hijacked or hacked.
It’s the only marketplace with geographic restrictions. Users from UAE or Russia are prohibited from using it in anyway.
Cannazon is a drug-exclusive Empire Market alternative. In fact, when it comes to drugs, I’d say it’s better than Empire on multiple fronts.
Also, it’s the only marketplace which can be browsed without registration. Obviously, purchase still requires registration.
- Onion URL: http://cannazon4gbjluus.onion/
- Total products: N/A
- Vending fee: $500.00
- Accepts payments in: BTC/XMR
- Prohibited items: Everything except drugs
- Security: 2-FA via PGP, multisig transactions
- Escrow: Yes
The total number of products isn’t mentioned. However, the product-categories include Weed, Hash, and Concentrates.
Sub-categories for each primary category are available. Products such as Indica, Sativa, Hybrid, Oil etc. are listed.
It accepts both Bitcoin and Monero for payments. It too is wallet-less just like Dark Market. So, there are no wallets which demand a deposit. You pay for each individual order in real-time.
Vending is allowed and a $500.00 vendor bond is required. However, it’s refunded when the account is closed. The vendor-policy however strictly restricts vendors from U.S. This is surprising because most other Empire Market alternatives do not have such restrictions.
Both Escrow and F.E are allowed. It’s even supports multisig transactions. This is an extremely rare security feature that not even the best Darknet markets offer.
The only factor where it’s a disappointment is security. It doesn’t offer PIN or login phrases. Only 2-FA is available.
However, during registration it does let you set a password recovery key. It’s kind of like the Mnemonic code, but in this case, it’s user-generated. This is set by you and can be used when you wish to recover passwords.
The vendor-transparency as well as search-feature is pretty impressive though.
If you need a secure, trustworthy Empire Market alternative, Cannahome is worth a peek. Take a look at its vendor-policy (discussed below).
- Onion URL: http://cannabmgae3mkekotfzsyrx5lqg7lj7hgcn6t4rumqqs5vnvmuzsmfqd.onion
- Total products: N/A
- Vending fee: History-based
- Accepts payments in: BTC
- Prohibited items: Everything except Cannabis and Shrooms.
- Security: 2-FA and Multisig transactions
- Escrow: Yes
As the name suggests, it too is a marketplace dedicated to Cannabis (and Shrooms). Available product-categories include flowers, edibles, concentrates, carts, distillate etc.
The homepage displays sections for “Top vendors”, “New arrivals” and “Vendor updates. Extremely helpful for new users. You can easily find the most trustworthy vendors right here.
It too is wallet-less which is another desirable feature that most other Empire Market alternatives lack. Furthermore, it too supports multisig transactions.
Its vendor-policy is what makes it extremely trustworthy as far as quality of vendors go. Ever heard the saying –“money can’t buy everything”? Well, that’s true here. There’s no pre-defined vendor bond someone can pay to get vendor-accounts.
Rather, all vendors must have previously established positive history (minimum 500 “rated” sales) on other darknet markets. Minimum 6-month experience, and less than 1% negative reviews are its other vending-requirements. It also only accepts U.S Vendors.
Bitcoin is the only mode of payment it accepts. Another rare feature is that if you pay over your item’s price, it also has an auto-refund process!
Although, alike Cannazon, it too is limited to 2-FA when it comes to account security.
8. White House Market
White House Market is a leading Empire Market alternative, with a very (very) badly done Captcha challenge.
- Onion URL: http://zefmozbmelwjc4elhoim2q3t3y4z3yoodczvqagtquvwzhx763f4jtyd.onion
- Total products: 21478
- Vending fee: $400.00
- Accepts payments in: XMR
- Prohibited items: Tutorials, transfers, illegal porn, hitmen services, Fentanyl, weapons etc.
- Security: 2-FA.
- Escrow: Yes
With 21478 listings today, there isn’t a lot you wouldn’t find on White House Market. Its product-categorization is a bit different from most others.
Meaning, you most definitely get the drugs, software, forgeries etc. However, it also includes categories for defence, counter intel, online businesses etc.
The “counter intel” category is unique. It’ll offer you frequency scanners, metal detectors, signal jammers, surveillance equipment etc.
Fortunately, it has a very rational prohibition list. Illegal porn, weapons, fentanyl, hitmen services etc. are banned. But, in addition to this, it also bans tutorials and money-transfers. Those are mostly scams and hence it’s desirable on the part of buyers.
It’s a Monero-only marketplace. Bitcoin is still accepted via a third-party exchange. It’s not safe.
Vending requires a $400.00 vendor bond. It’s returned even if the account is banned for rule-violation. The only bond-forfeiting situation is if a vendor is caught scamming.
The withdrawals are a bit delayed due to its “cold wallet” strategy. Withdrawals aren’t processed in real-time.
It’s the only alternative to Empire Market which has a bug bounty program. This keeps the platform safe, while rewarding skilled hackers.
2-FA is offered for account security, but, that’s about it. It also has an activity log which shows account activity, login time etc.
Final Words – Best Empire Market Alternatives
So, which is the best substitute to Empire Market? I’d say Icarus Market wins the crown for now.
It’s just very secure, supports multiple payment modes and is growing at an exponential rate.
Although, DeepSea marketplace is equally deserving of the top-spot as well.
If you specifically need a “product-rich” marketplace, Apollon Market has the most number of products.
But hey, don’t take my word for anything. Give these a try and find the best Empire Market alternative for yourself.