Zion Market is a darknet market notable for facilitating multisig payments and supporting bitcoin and monero payments. It also features automated PGP encryption, Bitmessage alerts, and two-factor authentication. This darknet market brags of being an efficient platform for buying and selling products. It also offers a referral bonus of 20% of commissions from new buyers referred to the site.
- Zion Market link Onion URL:
- Zion Market Help/Guide Link:
How to Access Zion Market
Zion Market is accessible through the Onion URL http://zionshopusn6nopy.onion/_89568. This means that you can’t open it using just any kind of web browser. You need to install the Tor browser to be able to access this darknet market. You don’t have to worry if you are new to this browser, though. It’s extremely easy to use and there’s nothing to configure. Install it, respond accordingly to the prompts you will encounter, and you’re good to go. It’s just like Firefox designed to let you browse the web anonymously and access darknet sites.
Once you are able to access the site, you can actually proceed to buy or selling things on the Zion marketplace. However, you need to protect yourself and the anonymity features of Tor browser are not enough. You also need to use a VPN service so you will not be leaving traces of your online activities. You also have to make use of PGP encryption/decryption to make sure that the messages or information you share online can only be read by the intended recipients. We have a PGP guide here so be sure to go over it in case you are not familiar with this encryption/decryption technology.
The account registration process on Zion is one of the easiest and fastest, if not the easiest and fastest we have encountered. You don’t even need to click on a link to go to an account registration page. You can do everything right on the homepage and finish the process in less than 5 seconds.
The registration form is near the upper left corner of the site. You only need to enter your preferred username and password and that’s everything you need to do. Take note, though, that registration form is the one with the green “Register” button, not the one on the topmost part of the site, beside the Zion logo. You will be automatically logged in after a successful account registration.
Don’t worry if the account registration process seems to quick and easy that it appears less secure. Once you are able to get to your account dashboard, you can do the necessary configurations to make your account safer or more secure.
Just like other darknet markets, you will be getting a buyer account upon registration by default. If you want to sell on the Zion market, you need to sign up for a vendor account. To do this, you have to go to the Settings page (click on your account name on the top section of the site) and find the green “Sign Up as a Vendor” button. Take note, though, that you can’t do this unless you have already added your PGP key.
Zion Market Interface and Functions
The Zion account interface is mostly similar to what you will find in other darknet markets. It’s highly intuitive, once you log in you will be taken to a page that shows a summary of everything there is to know about your account—a summary of your orders, messages, and quick access to the categories, new products, and lists of favorite (of most Zion users) and new vendors. There’s an exchange rate table (BTC and XMR to USD, EUR, and GBP) as well as a news section near the bottom part of the site.
If you want to do some changes in your account settings, just click on your username beside the Zion logo on the top portion of the site. This will bring you to the Settings page wherein you can change your password, set your currency, specify your region or country, add your bitcoin wallet address (for affiliate payments) and bitcoin public key for multisig transactions, add your PGP key, enable/disable two-factor authentication, set up your Bitmessage address, and add an emergency account destruction password.
The emergency account destruction password allows you to automatically delete certain information in your account (messages, purchases, or all) as you log in using the emergency account destruction password you specify. Just be sure that you are careful in using this feature and that you don’t confuse the password you use here with your regular password. Otherwise, you will lose important messages associated with your pending transactions.
Other important features of the site such as the inbox, affiliate earnings monitoring interface, and notifications are readily accessible on the Settings page.
One thing we tend to be worried, though, is the apparently long automatic session timeout period of the Zion account dashboard. It’s perhaps around a few hours. This does not bode well for those who habitually forget to log out or those who leave their computers open for long periods of time.
UPDATE: We’re not sure what happened but it appears the automatic session timeout time has been reduced to something comparable to what other darknet markets have. After wondering why we were still logged in after a few hours of inactivity during the very first login, we noticed that the session timeout has become shorter, which is, of course, a good thing.
Zion Market Categories and Listings
Zion does not have an extensive array of categories and listings. Most of the categories are related to narcotics or recreational drugs. To give you a glimpse of what this darknet market has to offer, the category tree is presented below:
- Cannabis (5)
- Stimulants (1)
- Prescription (10)
- Services (10)
- Digital Goods (104)
- Miscellaneous (3)
Unfortunately, there are too many categories on Zion market that don’t contain listings. As shown above, there are less than 150 listings in this market. Only the Cannabis, Stimulants, Prescription, Services, Digital Goods, and Miscellaneous categories have listings in them.
Nevertheless, everything looks good aesthetically and navigation-wise. The layout looks similar to what you will find in other darknet markets. The categories are positioned on the left side while the listings occupy most of the page space. The listings can be displayed in grid view or list view. Just click on View toggle near the upper right corner.
The listings in grid view come with the usual thumbnails, titles, prices (in dollar or the currency you set for your account and BTC values), and vendor names (and links to vendor pages). If you want to see more details, choose the list view as it includes product descriptions.
When it comes to prohibited items, Zion lists the following:
- Materials related to child abuse
- Weapons or items that can cause harm to people and other living beings (guns, poison, etc)
- Fake currency
- Stolen credit cards
- Stolen identities and identification documents
Search and Search Filters
Zion market has a search bar right on top of the list of categories. You can use and just sort the results later on or you can scroll down to find the advanced search section. The advanced search feature allows you to specify a price range, category, shipping (“from” and “to”), average delivery time, and minimum feedback. You can also limit your search only to vendors who are verified, those you have added to your Favorites, and those that have been active on Zion for the last 3 days.
Take note, however, that there are more filters available on top of the search results. In addition to the ones mentioned above, you can also specify if you only want to see listings that are offered with free shipping and those shipped domestically (from and to the same country where you reside). Moreover, you can sort search results according to popularity.
How to Choose a Vendor on Zion Market
Zion market, just like other darknet markets, also has vendor profiles. If you are going to evaluate vendors to decide on which ones to choose, going over these vendor profiles is in order.
Vendor profiles on Zion market are neatly presented and are quite detailed. There’s an overview of the vendor, PGP key, number ratings (number of positive, neutral and negative ratings) and detailed ratings (customer feedback), average delivery time (in days), average processing time, and information on refund policy.
Obviously, you have to choose a vendor with high ratings (0 negative feedback as much as possible) and one that has a good refund policy. You can also contact the vendor for more inquiries and clarifications. Unfortunately, Zion does not have a forum for users so you can’t ask for the opinions of other users regarding the vendors you might want to consider buying from. Also, it appears that vendors are not allowed to post links to other darknet markets where they also maintain accounts or stores.
How to Place an Order
To place an order on Zion market, you just have to click the Buy button of a product in the product page (there is no Buy button on the search results). This will then take you to a page that shows the bitcoin payment address. Send the required amount after you enter your shipping address (automatically PGP encrypted) at the bottom part of the page. You then have to wait for the vendor to process the order. The status will be indicated on your Orders page.
How to Pay for Orders on Zion Market
Like most other darknet markets, Zion uses bitcoins (BTC), but it also accepts monero (XMR). There is no need to send deposits to a wallet in your Zion account. You will be asked to send the payment through a payment address, as mentioned above. By default, the payments are to be made in bitcoins. If you want to pay in moneros, click on the Pay with Monero button.
Payments on Zion can be held in escrow through multisig payments. Multisig payment is not a requirement (vendors can ask buyers to finalize early) but buyers are advised to ask sellers to use this payment method for their protection. Only those who use multisig payments can get a refund in case of non-delivery or other types of disputes.
Zion uses a 2-of-3 multisig method.
Zion Market Market Support
For those who have questions or are in need of technical support from Zion market’s admin or support team, just click on the Help link on the top portion of the page. This will take you to a page that provides answers to frequently asked questions about the site (for buyer and vendor concerns) as well as an online form for directly sending an encrypted message to Zion’s admin team.
Pros and Cons
- Simple and highly intuitive site design, also highly responsive
- Multisig transactions
- Bitcoins and moneros accepted
- Good uptime
- Two-factor authentication
- Emergency account destruction password
- Some listings, at the time this review was made, were incomplete (template texts shown instead of the right product details)
- Limited number of listings and vendors, too many blank categories/subcategories
- Standard refund is only 50% of the amount paid unless the vendor has a different policy.