As the direct successor of Hydra, which was seized in April 2022, Mega darknet market popularity has skyrocketed in recent months.
Compared to its former compatriot, the Mega darknet market seems to do a better job of servicing its customers than just about any other marketplace on the planet. In addition, according to the latest google search terms for darknet markets, Mega seems to be top on the list.
Currently, Mega only serves within the boundary of Russia and a few countries. In this review, we will look at the different features this market offers. So, let’s get started!
Mega Darknet Market Overview
Although little is understood about the Mega Darknet Marketplace’s inception, its initial years may have occurred in mid-2015 or 2016, with early reviews on the market from 2017. The market remained primarily hidden under the shadow of Hydra due to its popularity for roughly five years. But it is now starting to receive a new life after the Hydra’s downfall.
|Mega Market URL||http://megadmeovbj6ahqw3reuqu5gbg4meixha2js2in3ukymwkwjqqib6tqd.onion/|
|Number of Listings||18,000+|
|PGP||Forced for Vendors|
|2FA||Forced for Vendors|
|FE||For Trusted Vendors Only|
|Multisig||No Multisig option available|
|Bug Bounty Program||No|
|Language Support||Russian only|
|Currency Support||Bitcoin, Monero and Tether|
|Instant Withdraws||No, up to 48 hours manual withdraws.|
|Date Market Opened||n/a|
Mega is a market catering to experienced and regular users, so a thorough knowledge of the PGP system is required. You must also know how dead drops and treasure pickups work. If you are a citizen outside of the Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, and a small number of other territories, then this market is not for you.
Before placing an order, it is crucial to understand that Mega utilises the dead drop system in reference to secretly-placed orders called “treasures”.
It means that an order is not ordered through the traditional postal system but is discovered by sellers after purchasing in various specifically concealed areas that are revealed to the buyer when ordering.
For this, finding the store that operates within your area is necessary.
There are two types of order placement methods:
- Ready-made: It is also called “instant orders”; these orders are already hidden at a particular location and ready for a quick pickup.
- Pre-made: These orders are placed in a hidden location after a user places an order.
Some vendors use multiple methods, while others use only one. It is necessary to know how the vendor handles the particular item for particular reasons in conjunction with the order to reduce possible confusion.
The dead drop method is applied to all physical item orders placed on Mega. Digital items are quickly available to the user after they purchase them.
The security system is pretty standard. Two-factor authentication pops up at the top of your account every time you log in. you can set it through the PGP key.
While the interface is quite old, it does include modern features, such as an all-in-one cryptocurrency exchange and an option to hide your PGP key from other users.
If you know Russian, then the login process on the website is very straightforward. You need to find a valid link and set basic information such as your username and password. The captcha at Mega is also essential and is very easy to solve.
The most common criticisms about Mega on websites that list reviews of it focus mainly on its somewhat outdated design, which is the subject of phishers’ impersonation attempts. It has probably led many people to lose their money due to sending them to a counterfeit market, resulting in a belief that Mega seemed to be a scam, which is not the case so far.
According to market records, there are around 18,700 listings and 6,200 vendors, or stores as they call them, currently on the market.
The main market page provides several options for sorting listings on the site, including category, type, area, city, quantity, and cost. There’s also a general search function.
Here are some of the categories listed in Mega Darknet Market inventory:
- Marijuana (cones, hashish, other)
- Stimulants (alpha-PVP, amphetamine, cocaine, MDPV, other)
- Euphoretics (mephedrone, MDMA, MDA, other)
- Psychedelics (2C-B, LSD, NBOM, DMT, mushrooms, other)
- Other drugs
- Documents / Currency
- Carding / Hacking
- Cards / Wallets
- Schemes / Training
- Other products
- Hacking / Systems Penetration
- Design / Coding
- Shipping / Transportation
- Advertising / Mailings
- Currency Exchange
- Other services
- Other jobs
Because the market is Russian-based and surrounding countries, users must filter the listings by area or city. Locations served by the Mega darknet market include most metropolitan areas within Russia and surrounding countries, notably Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia.
There are few to no vendors on the Mega darknet market who ship products globally. As per reviews, it is not advisable to order from the Mega darknet market if you live outside the supported countries, as many complications are involved.
Selecting a particular category and location from the market page will refresh the display mode to produce results that fit the selected criteria. Vendors with notable history and positive reviews typically appear at the top of the list.
This picture shows the following details about each listing title, category, vendor, and location. An orange checkmark next to the listing title indicates that ready-made treasures are ready for this item (the product is ready for pickup). When a green checkmark appears, the product can be pre-ordered for future use (treasure order has been placed).
Clicking on a listing brings up further info about it, including an extended description of the product, where it can be obtained as a treasure (and at what cost at that location), what cryptos are supported for payment, and reviews left by previous customers.
Another way to find stores is by vendor shop (“Магазины”), which is an easy option if you are seeking vendors or stores that are readily available in your location or if you currently trust the vendor and want to go through their listings. Some stores specialise in one particular category of things, while others offer listings for several distinct types of items.
Mega utilises the traditional wallet system, so you will initially need to set up a deposit fund in the account wallet before placing a standard purchase.
Mega’s use of the wallet system poses the risk of the market carrying out an exit scam. That’s why we recommend only keeping sufficient funds in the wallet that you can use to cover a single order.
Mega supports Bitcoin, Monero, and Tether for deposits. Before making a purchase, ensure your vendor accepts the coin you’re paying for. However, the market recommends using XMR due to being more anonymous compared to other cryptocurrencies.
Deposits are credited into your account after it receives six confirmations. Each payment type to your account is associated with a unique deposit address, which keeps changing for other payments. If you used the old address, the chances are very likely that the amount will not be credited to your account. There is a fee of 0.01 XMR if you need to withdraw funds deposited under a deposit address.
Mega has its Exchange that lets you exchange coins with the three supported coins on the market. You can find this option in the Exchange (“Обмен”) for a small fee. Select the coin you want to exchange and follow the on-screen directions to select the amount you wish to convert. The market will give a conversion price for your coin amount. If you agree, press the orange exchange button to confirm the Exchange. The process will take between 20 and 40 minutes to finish.
Yes, it is safe to use. Make sure you use Tor and a good VPN if you wish to access it.
Currently, the Mega darknet market has about 6,200 vendors. These vendors majorly ship within the boundary of the Russian Federation and a few countries like Belarus, Ukraine and Georgia.
There are currently 18,000+ listings on the market.