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Quantum Market Review

Quantum prides itself as being a privacy-focused marketplace, offering both physical goods such as drugs and counterfeits items, and digital goods such as fraud related items and software. With news of busts of users of Monopoly Market having been revealed, it is clear that privacy and security are more important than ever.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational and research purposes only. Torhoo does not promote any illegal activity. Should you decide to conduct any transactions on this market, you are solely responsible for this.

Quantum Marketplace key information:
  • Quantum Market Link (Primary onion URL):
    http://quant6e55gvtl2baqh3rnocxmcujritxjt4yi67q4svkus6ja4dbu6qd.onion
  • Online since: April 2023
  • Cryptos accepted: Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
  • Multisig support? No
  • Walletless? No
  • Vendor bond: $500 (physical) / $250 (digital)
  • Key features: PGP 2-FA, Escrow, Vendor Feed
  • Categories: Drugs, Fraud, Counterfeits, Hacking, Software, Services
Registration / login process:
In order to view products on the market, you first need to create an account. Registration is easy. Simply fill in the key details such as providing a username (public and private), password and PIN, then complete the captcha challenge. The captcha consists of a sliding puzzle, which may seem a little daunting at first, but you can easily solve it if you select 'Click here for help' in the top left of the image, which will then show you which steps to follow. Once completed, you'll be given a mnemonic code. Ensure you save this in case you ever forget your password). You can then proceed to login.

Quantum Marketplace features a clean and easy to navigate layout, with all they key functions you need being located within the header of the market. In this respect it's somewhat similar to many other markets out there, meaning it's easy for newcomers to navigate.

Quantum Marketplace Rules:
The rules are in line with most darknet markets. No sales of weapons, CP, fentanyl, poisons, terrorism activity etc. Misleading listings or duplication of listings (a common problem on some markets) is also prohited, with vendors sent a warning or banned should they break any rules.

The bond for new vendors is $500 for physical vendors, or $250 for digital vendors. Established vendors with over 500 sales can apply for a bond waiver.

Searching for products:
In order to search for a product, you must first select a category or sub-category from the Marketplace page (listed on the left hand side). From there you can then filter by origin country, destination country and dispatch type, then sort according to price or age. This does mean there are fewer search options to choose from compared with some other markets, but it's still enough to identify what you're looking for most of the time.

Results are displayed in grid format which contains key information such as a product photo, product type, product name, vendor name, price (in dollars, Bitcoin and Monero), plus the review score. Unfortunately you can't see where a product ships from until you enter the individual listing, although you can opt to filter this. Simply click on a product to view more information.

Note that all listings are subject to escrow. There is no Finalize Early (FE) option for vendors on Quantum. Whilst this may be popular with buyers, it may mean some larger and well established vendors are not willing to trade here. It will be interesting to see whether the market changes course in the future, as many have.

Product information:
Within the listing page for an individual product you'll find large photo, a detailed description of the product, shipping from / to locations, listing creation date, and the different wholesale pricing options available.

Below the product photo you'll be able to see how many sales that product has had, and any review feedback left by other buyers. To view more detailed text feedback, click the 'feedback' tab above the item description.

As well as details about a specific product, you can also view more information about a specific vendor by clicking on their name (to the right of the product photo). Here you can see their vendor profile, public PGP key, how many total sales they have had, view feedback from across their entire product range, and see their average review scores. You can also send the vendor a private message or follow them so you can easily find them again in future.

Making a purchase:
When you're ready to make a purchase, you must start by depsiting the necessary amount to your market wallet. All payments are in Bitcoin and Monero. The wallet page is accessible by clicking the balance shown in the top right of the page. Next, select either Bitcoin or Monero and click 'Generate deposit address.'

Before making a Bitcoin or Monero deposit to the address provided, be sure you're not on a phishing site (check your onion link against those listed on Torhoo.com). It is advisable to deposit slightly more than the quoted cost in case there is fluctuation in the crypto price between the time you make the deposit and the time it appears in your wallet. Be sure to factor in shipping costs.

Once the deposit is confirmed, you can proceed with a purchase. Select the item you want from the relevant product page, enter your shipping option and quantity, then select 'Pay with Bitcoin' or 'Pay with Monero'. On the next screen, you can then enter your address details and proceed to complete the order.

When entering in your shipping details, we strongly recommend using PGP encrypting this message yourself rather than relying upon the market's automatic encryption. This will ensure maximum safety in the event the market is ever compromised. If you're not yet familar with PGP encryption, we have a detailed guide on how to use PGP.

You can check on any pending orders within the 'Orders' section within the header. This will show you updates on when an order is shipped (or provide details for a digital order), and you can receipt orders which have arrived. You can also opt to leave a review, or raise a dispute if you need to. We always recommend messaging a vendor first before disputing any order (within the 14 day escrow window). The vast majority of vendors will try their best to resolve the situation with you in the first instance.

The electron system
Quantum Market rates vendors according to a system called 'electrons'. Each vendor starts with 100 electrons, and this may increase or decrease based on its activity in the market:

  • each shipped order (+1)
  • each finalized order (+1)
  • each dispute won (+1)
  • each 5 star feedback (+2)
  • log in every day (+10)
  • each canceled order by vendor (-1)
  • each auto-canceled order (-1)
  • each dispute lost (-2)
  • each 1 star feedback (-2)
  • logged in more than 3 days ago (-10/day) Fe.: logged in 5 days ago (5-3)*10 = 20 electrons will be deducted
Vendors with more electrons can be considered most trustworthy and will gain lower commission rates over time (starting at 6% and dropping to 4%).

Conclusions on Quantum Marketplace:
    Positives:
  • Clean and user friendly interface
  • The electron system encourages and rewards vendors for good practice
  • Support for both Bitcoin and Monero

  • Negatives:
  • Only shows fiat prices in dollars (USD)
  • No walletless (direct) pay
  • Search functionality is quite limited
It's clear that Quantum Marketplace isn't trying to revolutionize the darknet space, but simply deliver a good experience for vendors and users alike. Given what we've seen, we believe it has done a solid job of achieving that goal. If you just want to make a purchase with minimal fuss whilst having a decent suite of security features on offer, then Quantum may be worth considering as your next go-to marketplace.