Tochka market, a darknet market with Russian origins has been operating since the beginning of 2015, and was the first market (that wasn’t in Russian) to offer the “dead drops” option for vendors (location used to secretly pass items between two people, without requiring them to meet), even though its been operating for over a year and offering nice interface and some different features (like the feed & free/premium accounts), it remained a pretty small and unknown market. Here is a short interview we conducted with the market admin:
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First: Can you provide some proof that you are indeed the admin of Tochka market?
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Your market been around for a while now, how long you’ve been operating?
Tochka: We’ve been operating for more than a year now. We’ve launched first version of Tochka in January 2015 but gained good operational strength around April. So it’s been a while, yeah.
Can you tell us how your market started?
Tochka: At start I was just interested in this topic as it often happens. Then when I was digging into the topic I came to realization that dakrnet is great opportunity to create community of like-minded people. Fastest way to achieve this in my opinion was to create such a platfrom that corresponds to my moral and sensual perception of the world.
What features does Tochka currently offer that varies from other markets?
- Simple Design
- Social Focus
- All possible kinds of shipping including dead drops. btw we think that dead drops is the future
- Individual approach to each end every user. We take feedback seriously and deliver new features weekly.
What is the meaning of “Tochka”? I assume you are Russian speakers?
Tochka: T is slang word for center of everything. It’s a central point and everything spinning around it. It’s a gathering point. In Russian it also means a punctuation point, a mark that signifies the end of a sentence. And it just sounds weird and cool for English speakers, Tochka also means spot like G-spot, created for pleasure.
Can you share some interesting insights as a veteran market admin?
Tochka: We are astonished by kindness and responsiveness of community. They are forgiving even to mistakes we sometimes make, guide us and provide us with whole lot of feedback. Another thing that enlightens is that vendors and users form bonds and real connections., we develop instruments for scammer detection and grow towards healthy friendly loving community. It becomes so much more interesting over the time.
Any tips to the users to keep them safer?
Tochka: Use tails or whonix. Never post your personal info. When communicating with vendors always use PGP. The usual stuff. Store backups of your private data, logins and passwords on encrypted media. Verify vendor before buying, double-triple check vendor and reviews. When in doubt just talk with support. Don’t store bitcoins on markets wallets and never use hosted bitcoins wallets such as coinbase. And remember: only you are responsible for everything you do.
What do you think about the other markets who are currently operating, any market admins you think that are doing good work? (or bad work)
Tochka: I don’t have contacts with other markets admins and all our opinion is just an outsider’s view. What about markets that occupy top positions in terms of popularity they are great work. Our opinion that for great future we’ve got keep contact to common tendencies and develop traditions of mutual support.
Do you offer multisig transactions?
Tochka: Not yet, but it’s coming soon.
What are future plans or developments for the market?
Tochka: Current goals are: improved payment system w/ multisig, extended shipping options, improved social features such as individual feed, and advanced rating/karma system.
As far as you know, are people using the dead drops option?
Tochka: Dead drop works in countries where you can’t buy drugs on street. In such countries where drugs are more illegal than in western countries (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Serbia). I personally use only this method to get my load of drugs and never used any other method. The most important thing is security though (stay tidy, check address on google maps, etc).
Anything else interesting you want to share with the readers?
Tochka: Finishing up we would like to remind our readers that main ideas towards society is honesty, security and tolerance in every way. We welcome everyone who share our beliefs.
Thank you for your time!
Want to visit Tochka? Get the link from here: T•chka Free Market – And feel free to share your review of the market!