Dark Web Market AlphaBay Celebrates One-Year Anniversary of Redevelopment and Highlights Its “Harm Reduction” Program
"ODN" has reported on the development of the new AlphaBay since its reopening, and has visited the marketplace several times. DeSnake, the dark web market's administrator, recently celebrated the first anniversary of its redevelopment with a post on the dark web forum Dread.
AlphaBay was relaunched on August 7th 2021 and now a year later we are going strong as the top undisputed marketplace. The AlphaBay Staff and everyone working with us want to thank everyone - customers, vendors, fans, haters for giving us their business and faith once more. It is a definitely more challenging environment to work within and reach the #1 spot compared to before but through hard work and professionalism we were able to do it.
In the post, DeSnake focused on its "harm reduction" program and announced the results of initial testing of its harm reduction program. The "harm reduction" program, which began in March 2022, is designed to determine the quality of drugs sold on the AlphaBay marketplace through the inspection of drugs sold by vendors on the marketplace by professional drug inspectors. The process involves independent "inspectors" ordering test drugs from the AlphaBay marketplace and providing the results to management, who will then reimburse the inspectors for their work. The data is then posted to the marketplace under a special section of the listing page.
The announcement to publish this data is also included in the news section of the AlphaBay marketplace. According to DeSnake, the results will also be published in the vendor subscription on Dread. Having the data available in multiple places will help alert as many potential buyers as possible to what they are actually buying. The administrator believes the program will not only reduce the potential harm caused by inaccurately labeled products, but is "an important pillar of any self-esteem platform that truly cares about its users. The administrator said that although it costs a lot, top platforms like AlphaBay do need to care about their users.
In the post, DeSnake provided a list of the top 100 vendors tested and warned that not every vendor would be happy with the results shown on the AlphaBay page. He also announced that the AlphaBay marketplace would be accepting applications from more testers and provided a template of test results for each tester.
In his post, DeSnake said.
Some vendors will be happy with their results others will not, those that are not I suggest working on improving your service and product rather than disputing - do not worry at some point you will be retested and improve your rating.
DeSnake described the benefits of joining the program as follows.
You help out the community by alerting for dangerous products or vendors
You help out the community by reviewing drugs for purity and your personal experience if you wish to take them (we recommend always testing first)
You get to keep leftover drugs
You get paid a sign up bonus if you complete rounds of successful orders
You get paid per order depending of the country (difficulty of testing) and the type of drug you are testing per our standardised payout template
DeSnake states that all drug screeners are currently anonymous to protect their safety and ensure that reviews are honest, verifiable and unbiased by cross-checking with at least 2 independent screeners. With such a proven system in place for the AlphaBay marketplace, the administrator is confident that it will have a tremendous positive impact on the safety of buyers as well as the sales of suppliers.
DeSnake said one of the main reasons for the harm reduction program is to help determine which suppliers are prone to adulterate their products with fentanyl - a substance known to be a significant cause of death associated with overdoses. And while fentanyl and similar substances are present in virtually all drugs, there's no stopping it, but being very strict with those found to have adulterated fentanyl without disclosing its dangers to customers is what the marketplace is trying to do.
Going forward, DeSnake said, the professional drug inspector program is an important part of a broader vision of a decentralized marketplace network, and drug safety is a topic as important as solutions for dealing with DDoS attacks or cybersecurity.
According to statistics shown by the marketplace, the AlphaBay marketplace currently has more than 11,000 active suppliers and 846,000 registered buyers. It has a total of about 42,000 product listings. This compares to the old AlphaBay marketplace which had just over 400,000 active users when it closed in July 2017.
The first vendors to participate in the test, as provided in the post, are as follows.
USAMP… and many more
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