Darknet markets (DNMs) supply all manner of goods, some legal, others less so, but all purchasable with cryptocurrency and delivered to your door. Indeed, many people’s first exposure to Bitcoin is when they have the need to purchase something off the darknet. For shopping of last resort, you need money of last resort – Bitcoin, or possibly monero. Here’s how to safely make your first darknet purchase.
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A Step-by-Step Guide to Buying on the Darknet
This guide is intended for complete beginners. Whether you’re a student seeking study-enhancing nootropics, or a septuagenarian with limited internet skills but a need for pain relief, this article is for you. In this example, we’re going to run through the steps for purchasing CBD oil off the darknet, but the same procedure can be used to acquire any one of the several thousand items listed on popular DNMs.
CBD oil is a popular pain relief remedy that can alleviate a range of afflictions. Although derived from the marijuana plant, CBD is not psychoactive and does not contain THC. Despite being legal in most countries, CBD oil can be hard to obtain in certain regions. The darknet can take care of this (and much more) by discretely delivering the legal compound to your door with no questions asked.
If this is your first time making a darknet purchase, be aware that there are a lot of steps to follow. However, each of these is simple to grasp, and detailed instructions are provided throughout this guide. Once you are accustomed to using darknet markets, repeat purchases can be made in under two minutes, making the retail experience almost as seamless as Amazon. The difference is, on the darknet you get to keep your privacy while purchasing items that Amazon can’t supply.
Step 1: Buying Bitcoin
You need cryptocurrency to order goods on the darknet. Bitcoin (BTC) is the most widely used cryptocurrency, both on the darknet and elsewhere, but certain DNMs favor monero (XMR) instead. Monero is essentially a more private version of Bitcoin that makes it harder for anyone to connect XMR transactions with your real world identity. If you’re only making a small and innocuous purchase, such as CBD oil, no one is likely to be interested in establishing your identity anyway. For the purposes of establishing the difference between the two cryptocurrencies, all you need to know is this:
Bitcoin (BTC): More widely accepted, easier to buy.
Monero (XMR): More private, can be easily swapped for Bitcoin.
Thus, regardless of which of the pair you intend to use, you should start by buying Bitcoin. A quick and relatively private way of doing so is to use a peer-to-peer market such as Localcryptos.com. This enables you to buy Bitcoin from private individuals, who will accept payment into their bank account, as well as alternative methods such as Paypal, Alipay, and Moneygram. A full explanation of how to make a Bitcoin purchase on Localcryptos follows below.
If you can’t access Localcryptos, or would like alternative options for privately buying Bitcoin, see “How to Anonymously Buy Bitcoin Online and in Person.” Note that some of the platforms recommended in the article are for more experienced users, and may be confusing at first.
If you’re a beginner, and would prefer an easier way to buy Bitcoin, you could install the Bitcoin.com Wallet, available for Android or iOS. Follow the setup instructions, including making a copy of the 12-word wallet recovery phrase that’s shown on-screen. Click the green ‘Buy’ button in the top right of the screen, select ‘BTC Bitcoin Core’ and then the amount in fiat currency you wish to buy (e.g. $50). You will then be prompted to enter your email address, followed by the four-digit verification code you’re emailed, followed by your personal details such as address and credit card number.
Once the purchase has been made, the BTC will show up in your Bitcoin.com Wallet. Purchasing Bitcoin in this manner is less private than using a P2P exchange such as Localcryptos. However, neither the payment processor nor the developers of Bitcoin.com Wallet will have any knowledge of what you do with the BTC once you send it to a darknet market. In other words, purchasing Bitcoin via a service that requires you to complete know your customer (KYC) identification does not preclude you from spending those coins on the darknet or elsewhere.
Buying Bitcoin With Localcryptos
If you already own Bitcoin, or have obtained some using one of the methods described above, you can skip this section. Otherwise, here’s how to purchase your first BTC on Localcryptos.com.
Click the ‘Log in’ button in the top right of the Localcryptos homepage, then scroll down and click ‘Don’t have an account? Let’s create one.’
Create an account with a username, password, and email and complete the captcha.