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Nexus Market Review

Nexus, a word meaning a connection, link, core or center. The ambition of the team behind Nexus Market appears to be aiming to provide all of these things by bringing together buyers and vendors into one place, and become a major hub of the darknet. A late 2023 darknet market launch coming not long as the disapperances of Tor2Door, Royal Market and M00nkey Market, it will surely be looking to fill the void these have left behind. How does it stack up when compared to its predecessors and current rivals however? Time to examine in detail.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and research purposes only. Torhoo does not promote, condone or accept any liability for any illegal activity that may occur when using Nexus Market.

Nexus Market key information:
  • Nexus Market Link (Primary onion URL):
    nexusabcdkq4pdlubs6wk6ad7pobuupzoomoxi6p7l32ci4vjtb2z7yd.onion
  • Online since: November 2023
  • Cryptos accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
  • Multisig support? No
  • Walletless? Yes
  • Vendor bond: $100
  • Key features: Escrow, PGP 2-FA, Walletless Pay
  • Categories: Drugs, Fraud, Software & Hosting, E-Books, Counterfeits, Services

Creating an account & logging into Nexus Market:
For new users, the first step is to create an account. This is very quick and easy and requires you to provide a username, PIN (minimum 6 digits) and a password. No personal details, email address etc. are required as per the darknet standard.

Next, you will then receive a mnemonic code in case you ever lose you password. Ensure you copy and save the mnemonic as this will be the only way you can restore your account. You can then proceed to logging in with your newly created account.

After logging in, you will reach the landing page which contains a selection of products, plus the categories list and search bar. You will also find configuration and customisation options, plus the ability of view any current or past orders.

Nexus Market Rules:
Detailed rules for the market rules are located within the footer, alongside FAQs which answer all of the most common questions you may have when using Nexus Market as either a buyer or vendor. There are strict restrictions on CP, abuse material and weapons. Fent and its derivatives are also prohibited. Engaging trades outside of the market through platforms such as Telegram or Signal will also result in a ban for any parties involved, and we would certainly discourage this as it puts you at a high risk of being scammed.

The vendor can choose the escrow period for physical products, which is a minimum of 7 days and a maximum of 21 days. There is no escrow period for digital goods, however a dispute can still be raised within 3 days of fulfilment. Finalize Early (FE) is also available to well established vendors. It's always worth checking the escrow conditions before placing an order so that you can ensure you are happy with these. Avoid FE if you don't trust the vendor you plan to order from as you will not have the option to dispute. However, Nexus confirms it will still investigate any failure to fulfil FE orders, but you won't be able to get a refund.

Vendors with a strong sales record from elsewhere are eligible to join Nexus Market for no bond fee.

Searching for products:
The product search options is one area where Nexus Market falls somewhat short at the time of writing. Whilst it's possible to search by category or by simply entering in terms into the search bar, there are no advanced filters. This means you can't easily narrow down results by shipping locations, price or other factors. We hope this is something which will be addressed in a future update.

Product information:
Within each listing page you will find a photo, a detailed description of the product, details about shipping options, price etc. Reviews from previous buyers of an item are also found at the bottom of each listing, helping you make an informed choice before committing to a purchase. Prices are shown in the local currency specified by the vendor, with the most popular currencies such as USD, GBP and EUR all supported.

Every vendor has a profile page which provides details of how many sales and reviews they've had on Nexus, plus additional information including their introduction, refund policy and PGP key. You'll also find a list of all the products they have for sale in one place which is a very convenient feature for buyers.

Making a purchase:
Nexus Market offers walletless pay, so it's not necessary to deposit funds to your market wallet in advance, however you can still do this if you choose. Any funds received as a result of a cancelled order to refund will also be added to your market wallet. Nexus Market supports both Bitcoin and Monero deposits, with all vendors accepting both.

To make a purchase, select the item you want from the product listing page and add it to your cart. You can add multiple different items to your cart at once and then checkout at the end. When providing shipping information, you are strongly advised to encrypt this with the vendor's PGP key, which is conveniently provided at the bottom of the order page. If you're not yet familar with PGP encryption, we have a detailed guide on how to use PGP.

Once you've provided all of the necessary information, you can proceed to place the order. If you have sufficient funds in your wallet, the order will be processed immediately. If you are opting to pay at the checkout (recommended), you will be told exactly how much you need to deposit and given a Bitcoin or Monero address to use. You'll be told how long you have to make the deposit. When using Bitcoin, ensure you send a sufficiently high transaction fee to ensure it reaches 1 confirmation within the required time. Monero users need not worry.

Before making a cryptocurrency deposit, be sure you're not on a phishing site (check your onion link against those listed on Torhoo).

Submitted and completed orders can be viewed in the 'Orders' area. When the vendor accepts, ships or cancels the order, it will be displayed here and you will receive a notication. Once your order has arrived, you can then mark it as received and leave feedback for the vendor. In the event of an issue, you can raise a dispute up to 3 days before the escrow expiry period. This will then be reviewed by market staff. We always recommend messaging a vendor first before disputing any order however so that the vendor has an opportunity to resolve the situation themselves.

Conclusions on Nexus Market:
    Positives:
  • Modern and clean interface
  • Support for both Bitcoin and Monero
  • Pay at checkout (walletless) option for quick and easy ordering

  • Negatives:
  • Limited search options
  • No easy way to see all of a vendor's products in one place Feature now added
  • Allows order to be submitted without an address being provided, increasing risk of user error
With its modern and visually appealing interface, Nexus Market is definitely a platform that will gain the interest of buyers and vendors alike. Whilst it still feels like there are some additions and changes that could be made to improve the user experience, it feels like it will only be a matter of time until Nexus Market becomes a familiar name to darknet users.