With the seizure/shutdown/exit scams from some of the most popular markets such as Dream Market, Hansa Market, A-Z Market etc. a number of newer marketplaces have come to the spotlight. That’s what this Nightmare market review is about.
Let me say that Nightmare is a comparatively much newer marketplace. Hence, normally I’d ask you to give the marketplace a bit of leeway and take the review with a bit of salt. But this marketplace doesn’t seem to be in need of any generosity.
That’s so because in its short span of existence, it already has an impressive number of products, the interface did really impress me, and the other features didn’t fall short either.
Nightmare Market Overview
Nightmare marketplace currently has 120175 registered users and 37965 vendors catering to your needs. (Was right about the marketplace not needing any generosity, wasn’t I?)
Before diving deeper into this Nightmare market review, let’s get you an outline of what the marketplace offers:
- Primary URL: nightmareocykhgs
- Registration: Required.
- Security: Escrow, 2-FA, Mnemonic code, 6-Digit PIN, Multisig.
- Vendor Bond: USD $500.00
- Currency: BTC, LTC, ZEC, DASH, XMR, BTCH.
- Products: 80,224
- Forum: uiou5sidva7ylu4x/
Nightmare Market Mirrors
So we’re ‘bout done with this Nightmare market review folks. Here are a handful of additional mirrors from the marketplace which can be used to access the website in case the primary URL is down:
Nightmarket marketplace can be accessed even without registrations. “Access” meaning you can browse the products, F.A.Q, vendor profiles and everything else.
Although if you wish to actually trade on the marketplace (buy/sell) you’d need to register as a user.
The registration form in my personal opinion is of medium-length, meaning I’ve seen both shorter as well as longer forms. Here’s what it looks like:
No personal details are required. You enter a username (used to login), a display name (which will be displayed on your profile), a password and your six digit pin. Done.
Nightmare Marketplace User Interface
I’m absolutely in love with the UI that Nightmare offers. Primarily because it didn’t try to reinvent the wheel. Uses the same kind of layout and placement for most elements, yet added a lot more ease to it overall.
The use of colours is what added a spark to the things as well, colours as you may be well aware aren’t used that often on Darknet markets.
Here’s what the primary screen looks like:
As is evident, there’s the traditional products-category bar on the left-sidebar, this is what lets us choose the products.
Even if you’re new to the whole Darknet shopping thing, it’s pretty easy to filter out the unwanted products and land directly on the ones you’re looking for using the categories bar.
All of these categories are further divided into sub-categories making it even easier and faster for users to find their exact products.
You can also use the search-bar on the very top of the screen to search if you know exactly what you’re looking for.
Remaining space on the page is used to show Top listings. Although what’s interesting is the details in these listings.
Just looking at the listing, you know what the product is, if the vendor does or doesn’t accept Escrow, the vendor level, ratings and even his/her trust level.
This helps you easily find vendors you can trust and avoid potential scammers.
Nightmare Market Products
The UI is just the aesthetics, what actually makes or breaks a marketplace is the availability (or the lack of) products on it, isn’t it so?
As mentioned earlier, the marketplace is hardly a year old. But, it already has 80,224 individual listings, which I’d say is impressive.
Every darknet market product that’s usually searched for can be found on Nightmare market, the product categories include:
- Digital Products
- Erotica etc.
Obviously like most, if not all Darknet markets out there; Nightmare market too is most heavily stocked in the “Drugs” category. It comprises for 71.13% of its current listings with as many as 57,064 individual products.
The category is further sub-divided into 16 categories such as Benzos, Cannabis, Stimulants, Opioids, Ecstasy, RCs, Prescription etc.
“Digital Products” is the second most well-populated category, it has exactly 5182 listings as of today. Its sub-categories are E-books, Databases, Software keys, Legit software, Fraud software etc.
Note that Digital Products can be auto dispatched.
“Counterfeit” holds the 3rd position based on stock-quantity with 4724 listings. It primarily consists of counterfeit money, jewellery, clothing, fake Ids etc.
There’s another category “fraud” which sells finance-related services and products. It consists of accounts, drops, bank data, dumps, data and scans etc.
If it’s “Guides and Tutorials” you’re looking for, Nightmare has got that as well. You can find guides on money making, hacking, technology and many other fields.
The other categories too are brimming with products, even the lowest product count goes as high as 557 for “Hosting and Security”. Bottomline? Variety and availability of products is the one problem you’ll never have with Nightmare.
Even though it’s a Darknet market, it’s not completely without its boundaries. It doesn’t facilitate or allow the trade of Weapons, Child Porn, Fentanyl, Killing services, Prostitution, and serving UAE customers.
Vending on Nightmare Market
This Nightmare market review isn’t only for the buyers. If you’re a vendor who sells/wishes to start selling on Darknet markets, Nightmare does accept individual sellers.
There’s a vendor-bond of USD $500.00. This is to protect the customers from potential scammers and to verify the legitimacy/seriousness of the applicants.
There are some additional terms and conditions. For e.g. you can’t ask for FE unless you’ve been permitted. A PGP key is must for vending on the marketplace. Any trade originating on the marketplace, but being finalized or continued outside of it result in a ban as well.
The marketplace charges a 4% on all normal escrow transactions from vendors. There’s an additional 4% multisig fee as well for multisig transactions.
The vendor-bond can be paid using any of the currencies supported on the marketplace (ref: Accepted currencies).
This bond however can be waived if you’re an established vendor on other marketplaces, and can prove it using your PGP key.
There’s two types of security I pay attention to-
- Account security (security against hackers, account-recovery options etc).
- Trade security (the measures available to facilitate a safe, successful, anti-scam trade).
As for account security, the marketplace offers the following features:
- Mnemonic code: Upon registration, a 12 digit Mnemonic code is shown. These are random words generated uniquely for each profile. These need to be entered exactly in the order they were displayed in order to recover accounts. Help users recover accounts if access is lost.
- 2-FA: 2 factor authentication can be enabled for both buyers and vendors using PGP keys. This makes sure your account isn’t compromised even if your password is.
- PIN: This 6-digit PIN is set during registrations. It’s used to change security settings in the accounts.
- Password strength indicator: The marketplace also features kind of a very basic A.I which can be found in the account Profile. It lets us know if our password or PIN is strong enough. It also notifies if the PIN has not been granted full privileges.
As for trade-security, the marketplace offers an Escrow service. This ensures that the vendor or the buyer do not scam each other.
The vendor-transparency offered is impressive and detailed as well. You get access to a vendors’ history before placing a trade. Details such as the following are shown transparently:
- Total sales.
- Positive/Negative Feedback etc.
- Vendor’s sales and ratings on other established marketplaces.
This helps you find more established, trust vendors.
It also supports Multisig transactions, which is a better form of Escrow requiring the atleast 2 out of 3 parties (the vendor/the buyer/the marketplace) to authorize a trade before funds can be moved.
Bottomline, both the account as well as trade-security measures rank up pretty well against other marketplaces we’ve seen so far.
Accepted Currencies and Deposit Rules
This is a factor which influences not just the ease of use, but also the anonymity and privacy that a marketplace brings with itself.
Nightmare is one of best marketplaces in this case. It supports a variety of Cryptocurrencies, which are:
- Bitcoin Cash
- And even DASH!
Although note that there is a 0.001 minimum deposit requirement. The minimum amount which can be withdrawn too is 0.01.
One of the final features we will take into account in this Nightmare market review is the marketplace’s search-feature. Here are the search filters that the marketplace provides:
As is evident, it’s pretty advanced and can narrow things quite a bit by letting us specify:
- A Keyword
- Exact product category (even sub-categories)
- Type (Digital / Physical)
- Payment Mode (Escrow / FE)
- Minimum / Maximum price range.
- Shipping source and destination.
- Sort by price, quantity, status, vendor last activity etc.
Being honest, this is one of the most filter-rich search features we’ve ever seen.
Final Words on Nightmare Market Review
So that’s me signing off this Nightmare market review folks. So far, in my personal opinion the marketplace is undoubtedly impressive and worth a try.
Reason one being its product-stock, then the easy user interface followed by a handful of security measures and finally the support for a plethora of currencies. It does seem to tick all the boxes.
I just can’t come up with reasons why I wouldn’t want to go with Nightmare. But hey that’s just my opinion, feel free to prove me wrong and drop your own two cents on this Nightmare market review in the comments.