Today the owner of Silk Road announced the closure of its sister site, the weapons-dealing Armory. The reason was not heat from law enforcement or negative press, it was simply that the site was not profitable and members complained that many listings were scams.
There are dozens of black market sites selling all manner of things on the Dark Web, but only Silk Road seems to have any real commercial success. The closure of the Armory raises the question of whether it is the business model or the products that cause a market to fail. Complaints of scams riddle the dark web and the online black market might not be as successful and prolific as some fear. Is there something about drugs that inherently make them the only truly viable anonymous online black market product?
As I delved into the Dark Web I noticed a plethora of advertisements for contract killers. I decided to try and engage one of the more prolific advertisers, an organisation that claims to have many successful hits, to kill a fictitious ex-husband. Here’s what transpired: