Bohemia Market Links
You will require the Tor Browser in order to access Bohemia Market. This is completely free and available for Windows, MacOS, Linux (all distros), iOS and Android.
Key Facts about Bohemia
|Bitcoin (BTC), Monero (XMR)
|Benzodiazepines, Cannabis & Hashish, Dissociatives, Psychedelics, Ecstasy, Opiates, Steroids, Stimulants, Fraud, Counterfeit Items, Software & Malware, Security & Hacking
|14-day Escrow, P2P Crypto Exchange, Advanced anti-phishing and anti-bot protection, PGP 2 Factor Authentication (optional for buyers, mandatory for vendors)
Getting Started on Bohemia
The first encounter a user has with a market on the dark web is its registration and login process. So is it simple, or offputting? Well, Bohemia is pretty standard as far as markets go. When signing up, you specify a username, password and PIN code. Make sure you save the mnemonic code provided - yes, you actually have to do this since it checks on the next screen! You can enter a PGP if you choose, or you can just skip. You can always add one later, but it's not required if you're just a buyer.
Once that's all done, you're ready to login. The captchas are relatively simple and just require entering the letters shown on screen. Don't worry if you don't get it right first time, you can simply try again. I had very little trouble luckily and manage to go through ever screen first time. The key for the login page captcha is to follow the green line and enter only those letters that are placed along it. You'll soon get the hang of it.
First Impressions of Bohemia
The layout once I logged in felt very familiar, and also quite clean. There's no flashing images or an overwhelming number of options. The key things you'd expect (such as orders, wallet and support) all are clearly displayed along the time, with search functions being on the left hand side. I was quickly able to do a search, including applying some filters, and find hefty number of results.
When looking at individual details for a product I was quickly able to find the information I desired such as shipping locations, description, photos and plenty of reviews.
The sheer size and scale of the market means you are of course spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing products, particularly in popular categories such as cannabis or ecstasy. Assuming you live somewhere such as North America or Europe, there's a huge number of vendors peddling their wares. There are a notable number in locations such as Australia and New Zealand too. Even India has a selection of vendors on the platform. If you're in Russia or its neighbouring countries however, then you're better off using a Russian market since Bohemia doesn't really cater to that region.
What I Liked
Being such a large and established market, Bohemia has a ton of reviews against most products and vendors. Some vendors have sales amounting to thousands of orders, so it's very easy to be able to make a determination about what to buy, and what (or who) to avoid.
For most vendors there is a 14-day escrow period in effect, meaning you've got plenty of protection in case there's an issue. You also have the option of an escrow extension. Should you need to raise a dispute, a Bohemia moderator will mediate this. Dispute statistics are clearly shown in a vendor's profile and you can see how many they have won or lost, which may be useful in gauging how trustworthy they are. There are a small handful of vendors with 'FE' (Finalize Early) privileges, but these rights are reserved for the largest and most well established vendors. If you don't feel comfortable using FE, there's always other vendors to choose from.
Areas for Improvement
My biggest bug bear was that in order to purchase anything, I had to first make a deposit to my account's wallet. Now there's plenty of markets where this is still a necessity, but many of the largest modern markets have at least introduced walletless pay, which allows for an exact payment amount to be made at the checkout. This saves the need for waiting for confirmations or dealing with cryptocurrency fluctuation. Of course when using Monero it typically only takes around 20 minutes to get sufficient confirmations to be able to start spending the wallet balance, and thankfully the wallet page does provide near real-time updates on how many confirmations remain. For Bitcoin users though, be prepared to wait a little longer during times of blockchain congestion. Just make sure you send a sufficient fee!
Oh, and there's some annoying pop-up messages when you first create an account that you have to click through repeatedly to clear. When will markets STOP USING POPUPS? GAH! At least you only ever have to see these once (thank goodness). Anyway, beyond this, I honestly struggled to find much else to criticize. The process felt pretty smooth from start to finish.
Final thoughts on Bohemia Market
It's clear to me why Bohemia has grown to become such a large platform. With the exception of walletless pay (you can tell that's a feature I really like), it has pretty much everything else you'd want from a market on the dark web. They say a market is only as good as it's vendors (well, I say that), and given how many well established darknet vendors are on offer, Bohemia Market well and truly has that covered. Hopefully Bohemia sticks around for a long time to come. Based upon my experiences, you can't really go wrong here.