Silk Road

“The Original Ebay of Illegal Goods”. First reported to a wide audience by Gawker in June, 2011, it flourished due to a large vendor and user base, and strict controls to weed out scammers. The site was taken down after the arrest of Ross Ulbricht at the start of October 2013. While it was not the first nor the last market for illegal items, none have matched its popularity and trust level among both vendors and users.

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