Acropolis Market Review

acropolis darknet market

Acropolis is a multisig darknet market that allows the sale of recreational drugs, e-books, bitcoin security solutions, and services. It is not as big as other major dark web markets but it offers a well-designed and fast site. It also has a referral program. It is being referred to as a referral only market but we were actually able to sign up for an account without having to use a referral link.

Acropolis Market URL Link Address:

http://acropol4ti6ytzeh.onion

Alternative onion and not onion Links to Acropolis Market chanels and Acropolis Forum:

http://acropolhwczbgbkh.onion/

 

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How to Access the Acropolis Market

Just like the case in accessing other Onion sites, you need the Tor browser bundle to be able to access Acropolis deep web market place URL address: http://acropol4ti6ytzeh.onion. You can’t access this Onion link using just any other web browser. However, it’s not enough that you use the Tor browser. To be able to safely and anonymously buy or sell at darknetmarkets, you also need the following: a VPN service, PGP, and bitcoins.

VPN prevents you from leaving tracks of your online activity. PGP is used to encrypt your communications or the messages and information you share online. It allows you to chat anonymously with a darknet vendor. You need bitcoins, on the other hand, as the currency to use when making sales or purchases, to remain anonymous while doing transactions.

Account Registration and Login

To register for an Acropolis Marketplace account, you just have to go to the Register User page (link is on the upper right corner of the site). You will be asked for your preferred username, password, PIN, and referral code (optional). As usual, you also have to enter a CAPTCHA before clicking on the Register button.

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This process shouldn’t take longer than 15 seconds. Once your account is created, you will get a tiny notification saying the following: “User successfully registered.” You can then proceed to logging in. The login form has a section that allows you to disable the session timer. We recommend not disabling the session timer as it is a good security feature. Basically, what it does is to automatically log you out after a period of inactivity. You certainly wouldn’t want anyone to be going over your Acropolis account if you happen to leave your computer unattended for a while.

Anyway, you have the option to use PGP login later on, after you add your PGP public key to your account. You can also enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for a more secure account login. 2FA is not compulsory for buyers but it is advisable to use it. For vendors, though, 2FA is mandatory.

By default, you will get a buyer account as you register on Acropolis. If you want to get a vendor account, you will have to apply for it. Bear in mind, though, that once you get a vendor account, you will lose ordering functions (you can no longer a buyer). If you want to buy and sell, you will have to maintain two accounts.

Acropolis Market Account Interface and Functions

The first thing you will probably notice as you log into your account is the reminder near the upper portion of the site, telling you that you have not added bitcoin public keys to your account yet, and that multisig features are still disabled for your account. It is recommended adding your bitcoin public keys and enabling multisig features.

Acropolis has a neat-looking site. Everything is well-organized. You can quickly access the most important pages right from the homepage. You don’t need to activate javascript support on the Tor browser to be able to access all of the pages and functions of the site.

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To access your Wallet/Cashier page, add your bitcoin public keys, add PGP key, enable two-factor authentication, change PIN, or apply for a vendor account, just hover your mouse pointer over the Profile button on the top part of the site. You may also click on your bitcoin balance to access your Wallet page. The rest of the functions are already self-explanatory.

There’s a Messages section on the site that is not just a message inbox. It allows you to send messages to other Acropolis users (click on the New Message button near the upper right corner). The message archive comes with a search tool.

Your main Profile page can be accessed through the About link. Here, you can add an image, add contact details and profile texts, set your currency, and view your referral code.

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Acropolis also has a forum but you will have to do a separate account registration to be able to use it. You can’t use the forums by entering your Acropolis username and password. However, you can register using the same username and password. It is advisable not to use the same login details for your main Acropolis account and forum account, though.

In case you need guides on doing certain actions like how to add public keys and how to make an order, there’s a Help page on the site that presents answers to a few commonly asked questions.

Based on our experience in navigating the different sections and functions of the site, we can say that it’s one of the better ones when it comes to design, intuitiveness, and responsiveness. We only encountered a couple of instances when page loading was noticeably slow. For the most part, the Acropolis website is fast and a joy to navigate.

Categories and Listings

The Acropolis dark web marketplace has few listings and categories. It only features five categories and a few hundred listings compared to the thousands in other darknet marketplaces like Alphabay.

Acropolis only has the following (subcategories in parentheses):

  • Bitcoin Security
  • Drugs (Barbiturates, Benzos, Cannabis & Hashish, Dissociatives, Drug Paraphernalia, Opioids, Prescription, Psychedelics, RCs, Steroids, Stimulants, and Weight Loss)
  • E-Books
  • Other (Jewellery, Lab Supplies, Miscellaneous)
  • Services (Documents, Hacking, Hosting, Money, Other, Programming, Proxies, VPN)

 

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At the time we did this Acropolis review, there was only 1 listing under the Bitcoin Security and Other categories.  The E-Books category had 22 while Services had 18. Basically, Acropolis is predominantly a drug dark web market. If you are looking for something else, better look for other darknet options like those featured on Deepdotweb.

The categories are shown in trees so it should be easy hopping from one category to another.

The listings are also well presented. In addition to the title, thumbnail, and price details (in BTC and USD or the currency you set in your profile), the listings present the vendor name, shipping information, an indicator as to whether the item is Physical or Digital (below the listing thumbnail), and numbers for Positive, Neutral, and Negative feedbacks.

Acropolis Market Search and Search Filters

Unlike Hansa or Python Market that makes you do a search first before doing a sorting, the advanced search feature on Acropolis allows you to set filters first before doing a search. With advanced search, you have to enter your keyword and select in which category you want to search, which specific vendor, what price range to consider, and what shipping origin and destination to include. We can’t say this is a better system compared to those that make you do a search first before implementing the filters but we have to say it’s a good setup. It can be faster because you set the search filters first and let them take effect simultaneously.

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The issue with the search filtering system on Acropolis, though, is that you can’t sort search results to show those with the lowest or highest prices first or to show the most recently added or oldest listings first. You can’t limit search results based on vendor feedback or ratings. Also, you can’t limit your search results to only physical or only digital items.

How to Choose a Vendor

As expected in a darknet marketplace, Acropolis presents vendor profiles to help buyers in deciding which seller to choose when there are multiple similar items available.

The vendor profile on Acropolis presents the vendor overview (including terms and conditions), number of transactions a vendor has already completed, the vendor’s PGP key ID, number of buyers’ comments (separate numbers for positive, neutral and negative), contact information, PGP key, and brief feedbacks from buyers with their respective dates.

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Obviously, you have to choose the vendor with the most number of transactions completed and the most positive feedbacks. These are a good basis for the reliability and credibility of a vendor. However, don’t just decide on a vendor based on these information. You also have to examine the terms of the sale and look for relevant information in the forums.

How to Add and Withdraw Funds on Acropolis Market

To add funds to your account, you have to go to your Wallet page and send bitcoins to the deposit address indicated therein. Your account will show escrow and multisig balances, which is good as these figures remind you if you still have pending transactions. The transactions associated with these amounts might still be cancellable so you may still have funds to use for other transactions.

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Anyway, if you are unfamiliar with the idea of multisig payments, you don’t have to worry. Acropolis has a section under the Help page that thoroughly explains how multisig payment works on the site. There are screenshots provided so it shouldn’t be difficult figuring out how this process works.

When it comes to withdrawing funds, it’s a simple and straightforward process. Just go to the Withdraw tab under the Wallet and enter your bitcoin destination address and the amount of bitcoins you want to withdraw. Your PIN (the one you set during account registration) will be required to complete a withdrawal.

Ordering Guide

If you have already found an item you want to buy, there are three buttons you can use to proceed to your next step. These are Buy Using Multisig, Buy Now, and Add to Favorites.

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If you are still in the process of looking for other things to buy, use the Add to Favorites button the somewhat “bookmark” the item so you can buy it later. If you already want to proceed to checkout, you can use either Buy Now or the Buy Using Multisig button.

With Buy Now, you will be doing the usual purchase transaction wherein you just have to specify the quantity of the items you want to get, select your preferred listing option (shipping option), and enter your shipping address.

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With the Buy Multisig option, aside from entering the item quantity, listing option, and shipping address, you also have to select a bitcoin public key (or allow the market to select a random public key from your pool). You may also use your own custom public key (there’s a separate field for it).

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Acropolis Market has a detailed guide on how you can add bitcoin public keys to your pool. Just refer to the Help page.

In both Buy Now and Buy Multisig options, there will be a summary page displayed before you complete the purchase transaction. Be sure that everything is correct. You cannot dispute a transaction if it’s your fault misunderstanding certain details about the transaction. You need your PIN to place an order.

If you choose Buy Multisig, you need to go to the Payment Instructions option to see the payment addresses and required amount. The page looks like the screenshot below. The order is only sent to the vendor once the payments (including the transaction fee and miner’s fee) are received by the wallets indicated on the purchase order. Payments are completed after 4 confirmations.

acropolis-multisig-payments

The vendor will then have to act on the order and you have to wait for your item to get shipped. Once you receive your item, you have to finalize the transaction so the payment will be released to the vendor. You need your PIN to finalize the order.

Acropolis Market Support

As mentioned earlier, Acropolis has a Help page that provides answers to frequently asked questions, but the information provided here are very limited. If you have other inquiries, you can just use the Acropolis ticket system (one of the hover menu options under Profile) to contact the Acropolis admin. Your message will be automatically encrypted with the support PGP key.

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Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Neat and intuitive site design
  • Fast page loading
  • Support for multisig payments and two-factor authentication

Cons

  • Relatively few listings
  • Allows users to add traditional contact details (email and messengers) instead of keeping communications through the internal messaging system. Not much emphasis on user anonymity and security.
  • No FE option even for established vendors

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