In the past few months there has been already 2 major darknet markets who has shutdown without performing an exit scam which was very common ever since Silk Road was shut down by the FBI.
First White House Market has announced they are retiring, following Cannazon announcing the same a few weeks later, and now another major darknet market has announced the same.
ToRReZ Market has announced they will be shutting down operations in a few weeks.
In an announcement on Dread as well on the market itself, mrblonde (the ToRReZ Market admin) has published an announcement of ToRReZ Market shutting down.
Dear Users. After 675 days of presence on the darknet, we have decided to close our door for good. Please read the following statement to understand the market's closure process. - From 2021-12-17 certain functions of the market has been disabled: registering, upgrading to vendor account, purchasing, featured items auctions, support. Market wallets are working fine and are ready to get your withdrawals requests. Because we use fully automated system, please be ready for queues when it comes to the withdraw. We especially expect the queue on XMR withdrawals (because of how XMR is built). Market will be left online for at least two to three weeks until all orders are finalized and disputes are closed. We will review the disputes on the daily basis so you can withdraw your funds as quick as possible. Buyers and vendors - please work with us on your disputes. Please provide information about the package status. Do not be a dick to each other. We give you an opportunity to leave the market with your gear or funds so help us to achieve that. Vendors trying to use this opportunity to exit scam will be banned. We also share our vendor's data with Recon. If you forgot your mnemonic / pin / password / pgp - there is nothing we can do about it. If your deposit did not come - it is because you got phished and there is nothing we can do about it. If you paid for the order and it is not on the list - it is because you got phished and there is nothing we can do about it. It has been a great pleasure to work with most vendors and users. We are aware that we leave quite a big gap in darknet markets but we hope most of you will find a new home. While choosing a new market, please use your common sense. I would personally avoid any "established" market as older they get, bigger chance of collapsing is. Please give a chance to the smaller markets, which are not that loud as others. This is exactly how we became no 1 - being quiet and doing our job, serving customers 24/7 for 675 fucking days. While ToRReZ will be gone for good, we might (or not) come back at some stage with something different. The whole world goes green. Maybe we will join the trend at some stage ;] When we decide to be back, we will definitely sign the message with one of the known keys so watch out for any copycats. If you have anything to say to me, you can use Dread's system but I give no warranty that any of your messages will be read, not to mention that they will not get answered. Thanks for supporting us. mrblonde ToRReZ Market Team
ToRReZ Market has a total of 406173 users, 2683 vendors, 64592 listings and was 675 online.
With this latest announcement the top darknet markets list is yet again being rewritten. It is yet remains to be seen where the darknet users will flock to, but its safe to say that World Market, Dark0de Market and Alphabay seems to be the top 3 darknet markets as of right now.