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Silk Road: The Amazon for people looking to by pot and other drugs

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It was inevitable, and anyone who didn’t think this would happen is living in a dream world but for those of you looking to buy some illegal drugs without having to travel into some hellhole or another there is finally an online marketplace just for you.

It seems that some rather ingenious people have put together an Amazon like marketplace for sellers of all kinds of drugs that you won’t won’t find at your corner pharmacy. Called Silk Road it promises anonymity and easy of use for buying anything from LSD to hash and pot.

Silk Road, a digital black market that sits just below most internet users’ purview, does resemble something from a cyberpunk novel. Through a combination of anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs as easy as buying used electronics—and seemingly as safe. It’s Amazon—if Amazon sold mind-altering chemicals.

Here is just a small selection of the 340 items available for purchase on Silk Road by anyone, right now: a gram of Afghani hash; 1/8th ounce of “sour 13″ weed; 14 grams of ecstasy; .1 grams tar heroin. A listing for “Avatar” LSD includes a picture of blotter paper with big blue faces from the James Cameron movie on it. The sellers are located all over the world, a large portion from the U.S. and Canada.

via Gawker

Getting to the site is a little difficult since the site is only available if you are using the anonymizing network, otherwise known as the TOR network and once there you can only buy goods using Bitcoins, the new payment darling of the web.

However once you do get to the site you are faced with something that resembles any of the modern e-commerce sites with reputation and comments included.

Once you’re there, it’s hard to believe that Silk Road isn’t simply a scam. Such brazenness is usually displayed only by those fake “online pharmacies” that dupe the dumb and flaccid. There’s no sly, Craigslist-style code names here. But while scammers do use the site, most of the listings are legit. Mark’s acid worked as advertised. “It was quite enjoyable, to be honest,” he said. We spoke to one Connecticut engineer who enjoyed sampling some “silver haze” pot purchased off Silk Road. “It was legit,” he said. “It was better than anything I’ve seen.”

Silk Road cuts down on scams with a reputation-based trading system familiar to anyone who’s used Amazon or eBay. The user Bloomingcolor appears to be an especially trusted vendor, specializing in psychedelics. One happy customer wrote on his profile: “Excellent quality. Packing, and communication. Arrived exactly as described.” They gave the transaction five points out of five.

via Gawker

Anyone taking bets on how long it will be before this site totally disappears?

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4 Responses to “Silk Road: The Amazon for people looking to by pot and other drugs”

  1. Bernadette Regetz Gering

    ok came across this one by accident. NO REALLY! By accident; but it's kind of funny and sad…have a read. :D

  2. Christopher Koulouris

    So maybe it’s better to risk getting shot at next time you need to go to the hood to get the good shit. Or just sitting there mopping why it’s taking Jake the dealer an extra hour to knock on your door? But isn’t that part of the appeal of getting high? Never knowing if the good shit will safely make it in your hands? Then again there’s another option too- JUST DON’T DO DRUGS.

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/06/the-underground-website-where-you-can-buy-any-drug-imaginable-is-finally-here/

  3. Tyler Palmer

    A friend of mine uses this.. he got a half sheet of acid. It was legit no joke. When he told me about it I said he was crazy and it was prolly set up by the feds to catch idiots dumb enough to actually think you could buy drugs online. To my surprise he got some good shit, and no feds have shown up at his door.

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    Forget about dealers and addicts discreetly exchanging dollars and packets in dark street corners. While that may still be true in certain areas, it seems that even the dark world of the underground drug trade has found a niche in the World Wide Web.
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    ENTER THE SILK ROAD LINK.

    A feature on Wired.com shared a few details regarding Silk Road. No, this is not the historic network of trade routes that crossed Asia and connected the continent to Europe, although the name may have been inspired by that association with lucrative trading. The Silk Road of the digital age is where anyone can buy practically any drug, which would otherwise be illegal, using untraceable digital currency.

    Silk Road is like an “eBay” of sorts for those who are wheeling and dealing prohibited drugs. It is a veritable treasure trove of illicit substances, with over 300 items available to choose from. The feature mentioned the following, to allow readers to get a glimpse on what is available on Silk Road: a gram of Afghani hash; 1/8 ounce of “sour 13″ weed; 14 grams of ecstasy; and 1 gram tar heroin. A software developer was able to purchase 10 tabs of LSD, delivered in an ordinary envelope to his doorstep via U.S. Postal Service.

    Trading on Silk Road is done through Bitcoins, an untraceable currency. One will need to buy Bitcoins first, through services such as Mt. Gox Bitcoin Exchange, before entering into transactions on Silk Road. One bitcoin is roughly $8.67, although the exchange rate fluctuates daily, much like any other currency.

    We can’t help but wonder: how do we hope to vanquish illegal drugs and its ills, when the people involved in that world are becoming even more creative and tech-savvy each passing day?