• Tickets will be responded within 24 hours, wallet update

    Now that everything is back to normal with the wallet module we are going to clear up the remaining tickets, PMs, requests etc. So give us 24 hours to do that before you create a post that concerns for all tickets even ones that are a bit older.

    Wallet improvements:

    • Raised minimum XMR deposit for direct pay from 0.02 to 0.1 XMR.
    • You can have only 2 pending direct pay orders as opposed to previously 3.
    • All addresses are now pre-generated meaning no waiting on deposit.

    I have tested the code and it will resolve all issues including possible delays. If there are any delays from now on, deposits or withdraws, please let us know promptly in this topic and they will be attended. This excludes ones that are missing previously, for those refer to support tickets. Should there be any delay we will improve performance of the scripts as needed.

    We apologize for the inconvenience caused by attackers attempting to flood the system. Now that potential vector for abuse has been closed off as all addresses are completely pre-generated and rotated if not used making for an efficient and secure wallet system.

    We highly appreciate everyone that commented positvely up for us, we are back to make a change first and foremost i.e the decentralized project, do good on alpha and AlphaBays names as well as remind some of these marketplaces how it should be done. This post will be up until the weekend by then we should have everything answered to.

    Thank you.

    Edit: Some deposits are not crediting, looking into it.

    Edit2: Found the issue of some deposits not crediting, it was due to it referencing to the previous wallet system not the new and improved one. Fixed and now running through to credit all deposits should be done shortly.

    Edit3: All should be credited correctly. Any missing (during update) raise a ticket.

    Edit4: We have cleared a good portion of tickets but there are much more to be done so please be patient, we are going to resolve everyone who has had issue. Also I had been testing to optimize for best performance and seems I pushed cluster relating to checking deposits a bit beyond what it was capable of handling and it had crashed for few hours (no lost as everything had backup) but am running the script to credit for the missing hours. The testing was required as it allows us to improve the system while getting the most out of available hardware. Now that we know where that limit is it should be smooth deposits and withdraws, we will also continue monitoring our systems while we do tickets, again be patient.

    Edit5: We continue to do tickets. Deposits seem to be working but delayed, looking into this. Withdraws are working without any issue but some during maintenance have still not been credited (tickets yet to be resolved), we are going through it all as fast as we can. Appreciate everyones patience.

    Edit6: Nearly done with improved code for wallet module. I am running the deposit and withdraw scripts manually so it might take up to two hours for it to clear, this is needed until I have tested the improved code. I have added incoming transactions visibility so everyone can see if we have detected the transaction or not (both wallet and direct pay).

    Edit7: Improvement of the wallet module completed, running one final test and we will have officially ticked that off as done and move on to crunch all tickets. Please bear with us, we highly appreciate your patience.

    Edit8: Wallet module is confirmed 100% functional. If you make deposits or withdraws they will come within the hour. For outstanding tickets feel free to post below or wait for response from Staff. We would also appreciate everyone who have gotten a resolution to post an update/edit on here on their original comment.

    Edit9: Going through tickets as fast as we can. I presume within 24 hours all tickets will be answered. Apologies for the long response time we have been going as fast as humanly possible. Please exercise some patience and keep all posts within the topic to as previously stated, be easier for us to respond and manage.

    Edit10: We are under heavy DDoS however it is now fully mitigated, been working on this in the last 2-3 hours. Even the site should be much faster than before. Getting back to tickets now apologies for delays but you can see other marketplaces attacking us and subsequently you the buyer/vendor by preventing me to do tickets and deal with DDoS.

    However that will not and has not stopped us, you draw your own conclusions of the bad intentions towards the community in time where the wallet situation has occurred.

    Everyone will be replied and credited. We are seeing lots of phished users and a few exceptions of buyers attempting to scam us by saying deposits did not land (e.g. even days before the wallet flood started). We will NEVER send you DM with a link or anything like that be vigilant.

    Edit11: Still have some more tickets to go through but loads of them are completed. We estimate 1-2 days for the rest.

    Edit12 (this has been fucking long): Have been busy mitigating the DDoS (once again). Really seems someone does not want us to resolve this. However by the business we continue to do it is clear the community have faith in us and we will not disappoint. Now that the DDoS from lamer script kiddies is mitigated (also allowed us to beef up even further our defenses thank you for the free testing), I will continue resolving tickets. Obviously this delays the timeline by ~14 hours but we will get there mid-week the latest. We appreciate everyone being patient.

    Note: Tickets will moderator ‘tempest’ will be delayed a day or so after all other tickets are resolved. The moderator is not feeling well and his work load is seriously reduced. We have someone else resolving tickets but it is at a slower pace. If yours is being handled by that moderator please post in the topic and it will be escalated/taken off by another moderator.

    Edit13: A lot (truly a lot) of tickets have been completed. There are approximately 100-150 left on my end. The ones that would cause additional delay are ones with moderator ‘tempest’. They are being resolved by someone else as the moderator is sick and can work limited time. We estimate end of the weekend to have all tickets that need my attention with me and I should resolve them quickly. We are almost at the end as you can see from the many people editing and posting getting their funds (and compensation). If you have waited even longer from now on you will receive an even bigger compensation for the delay. Once all of this situation is resolved I will make another post.

    Stay tuned and highly appreciate everyones confidence in us to deliver a stable and secure experience for buyers and customers.

    Edit14: All tickets are now with me including ones from tempest. I will go through them and I hope to have everything fully completed and answered by end of the weekend at the latest.

    Edit15 (June 24th): Still got some more tickets to go through been busy with DDoS mitigation and other needed daily admin tasks. I hope to have it all done by end of weekend.

    Edit16 (July 10th): Work has been slower on tickets on my side due to DDoS mitigation but I am making progress. Next week the focus is to have it completed and finish our upcoming updates. Apologies for the inconvenience and long resolving.

  • Remembering alpha02 Rest In Peace

    As many if not all of you know, 5 years ago alpha02 was killed after an operation by LE. Through this post myself and everyone working at AlphaBay remember him not only for his own personality and traits but also the massive impact he has had on the scene.

    We carry the AlphaBay name proud for many reasons. From paving the way for marketplaces today by introducing features used by all markets, being the first big marketplace to introduce Monero at the time as well to having bigger visions and following our own internal roadmap, AlphaBay has always stood for something more. Myself together with alpha02 and our amazing team were able to transform a small website into the largest darknet marketplace. We did so by hard work and passion, using each others strengths and finding a way to navigate what were mostly uncharted territories, and sure enough the results came out. Today we do exactly the same and although the environment is much more hostile , we honor the work ethic that had been in place by alpha02 and continue his legacy by already becoming the current biggest marketplace in less than 1 year since our relaunch.

    Alpha02 put his heart and soul into the AlphaBay project and although a lot of people seem him as a titan in his field, they forget that he was also a human. A father, a husband, a son and a brother. He had hopes and aspirations like the rest of us. He was unjustly taken from his family and the scene, all while having so much more to offer. Suffering a fate he did not deserve on these days we remember how he suffered for our all of ‘sins’ at least according to the subjective book of rules that is referred to as ‘the law’.

    I can personally vouch for what a person he was and although the media spew a lot of bullshit at the time which they had no idea of the inside workings of, the real alpha02 was a kind and gentle soul. Someone with whom not only we created an amazing project but also bonded a strong friendship. We vowed to take it to the bitter end and fulfill the visions we had of a much more robust and sophisticated marketplace system that would, finally, make obvious that the war on drugs is not only senseless but ridiculous. People will always find a way to do what they want and if it does not hurt anyone else, why is it someone elses business what they do?

    We miss you brother, we have not forgotten you and we will usher a new age to the DNM scene by introducing the materialized version of what we dreamed up all those years ago. Rest in peace.

    Thank you.

  • ✅ 1 Year Anniversary & Harm Reduction Program Revealed ✅ Results are in ➡️ 100+ vendors tested, 140+ listings, 400+ orders

    AlphaBay was relaunched on August 7th 2021 and now a year later we are going strong as the top undisputed marketplace. The AlphaBay Staff and everyone working with us want to thank everyone – customers, vendors, fans, haters for giving us their business and faith once more. It is a definitely more challenging environment to work within and reach the #1 spot compared to before but through hard work and professionalism we were able to do it.

    To celebrate our anniversary, I have something very special for the community. Already we have seen other markets follow our footsteps by copying AlphaBays features/way of work with I2P adoption being the brightest example and we would like to continue contributing and being the trend leader as we always have been as we see it being crucial to the overall health of the ecosystem and individuals.

    Without further to do I very proudly present the AlphaBay Harm Reduction Program – Professional Drug Checkers. Founded in March 2022 when the first samples were received, we were able to achieve an astonoushing 400+ orders over the past few months world wide. Over 100 individual vendors tested with more than 140 individual listings ordered at least twice (to verify from multiple people results).

    All orders were made by the programs drug checkers that first I and later on others had recruited. Currently /u/hitch22 is overseeing the majority of the program with /u/erdas managing the UK region. The program works the following way. We cover 100% from:

    – The cost of the product and its shipping by vendor
    – The cost of reagent test kits
    – The cost of labs (and shipping by checker)

    We expect(ed) the checkers to submit a review based on a standardised template you can see below:

    Testing Template:
    Listing Name:  X
    Vendor: X
    Listing ID: X
    Reagent Test Rating: 0/5
    Laboratory Test Reference: X
    Product/Service Safety: 0/5
    Product/Service as Advertised: 0/5
    Delivery Speed: 0/5
    Overall Experience:  0/5
    Scores out of 5. You may write 4.75/5 etc., up to 2 decimal points.

    The results varied with some dissapointing and others impressive. Both sides of the spectrum were seen in both small and big vendors. Here is a list of the first 100 vendors that had been tested in no particular order:

    ... and many more

    You will be able to see their results in the Harm Reduction tab on their Listing and/or profile. Some results might take a bit until they show up others are already there. We will also post majority of them on the various subs. Some vendors will be happy with their results others will not, those that are not I suggest working on improving your service and product rather than disputing – do not worry at some point you will be retested and improve your rating.

    As time goes on and as we test more and more vendors and listings, we will populate the database to include a comprehensive and detailed list of harmful (or not) substances. Not a copied and pasted generic information on the specific drug like other markets do (which you can quickly search on internet anyway) but real up-to-update review that in most cases contains an actual laboratory reference you can look up.

    While the program does cost quite a bit from a marketplace perspective, we believe it to be an essential pillar of any self-respecting platform that does actually care about its users, especially one that is the top leading like AlphaBay. That is why it took us a few months to come up with the reveal and entire process which works very well to deliver what is needed. We hope that soon Recon will start showing such data and all marketplaces and/or users can chip in with their reviews. /u/Paris/u/HugBunter

    How can you help?

    We are looking to add more people to the Professional Drug Checkers team world wide. Most people can apply but we have some basic criteria in place such as to have expressed interest in harm reduction (based on your posts), ideally to have created a review or two as well as be able to work with reagent kits. To begin with you will be given a few orders to test and if you do successfully you will be given further access to work with others from the team.

    Benefits from joining the program are as follows:

    • You help out the community by alerting for dangerous products or vendors
    • You help out the community by reviewing drugs for purity and your personal experience if you wish to take them (we recommend always testing first)
    • You get to keep leftover drugs
    • You get paid a sign up bonus if you complete rounds of successful orders
    • You get paid per order depending of the country (difficulty of testing) and the type of drug you are testing per our standardised payout template

    A serious and heavily market-involved harm reduction program has never been done before and while there have been certain independent initiatives over the past few years, none have created a standardized working model of not only checking individual products but also rating them with the help of reagent test kits results and laboratory references.

    All of our drug checkers are anonymous to preserve their safety and by cross-checking it with at least 2 independent checkers, the reviews are authentic, verifyable and unbiased. With such a tried and tested system available, at AlphaBay we are certain it will have a huge positive impact on buyer safety as well as on vendor sales of those who are honest.

    I am a vendor how does this affect me?

    When it comes to vendors the program there is only one requirement: Clearly label your products. If your product has fentanyl or analogue and you failed to disclose it in the listing description you will be permanently banned with no explanation or warning. Customer safety is top priority as such labelling is key whatever the instance it must be labelled. Fentanyl and analogues are literally in all drugs and there is no stopping it, but being very strict on those who are found to have laced it and not disclosed the danger to their clients is something we are going to do. We believe the way to prevent deaths is by well labelled listings (honest vendors) and the market checking those claims where applicable.

    Future vision

    The Professional Drug Checkers program comes as an important component of the wider vision for a decentralized network of marketplaces. The safety of drugs is a topic that is just as important as handling DDoS or creating secure solutions where money can not be mishandled by law of code, all of which are already issues already answered in the next generation of escrow platforms coming end of this year/early 2023.

    A quick note I want to insert is I am still working on tickets and that is my sole focus for the upcoming days and they will be answered to and dealt with to a high satisfactory level. You can see Staff has been busy removing and banning bad vendors with poor product (physical or digital) as well as those that threaten to dox their customers or apply unethical vendor tactics. AlphaBay is the premium number one marketplace and we know from experience to stay at the top spot one of the must-dos is keep the quality of the marketplace and weed out the few bad apples in order to have long term and sustainable growth and business.

    Another quick note I am unstickying the ‘We are Back’ posts and have moved them to the wiki – it has been a year now and it is already known we are back. We also have a lot of upgrades to marketplace and Forums around the corner based on feedback and other features we want to bring in to the table.

    Once again we would like to thank everyone that have placed their business with us. With the best stability, uptime and security regardless of the multiple (even right now) attacks, we continue to work hard in a professional manner to deliver on our original vision of taking the scene to the next level.

    Thank you.

  • 5,000 Subscribers Milestone and How to Apply to be a Professional Drug Checker [Harm Reduction Program]

    Another great milestone of 5000 Subscribers to our AlphaBay subdreadit. Thank you to everyone for your participation in discussions it is greatly appreciated.

    As you know we launched our proactive Harm Reduction Program called Professional Drug Checkers – /post/bf21c0889a4ac399d73f/

    How can you help?

    We are looking to add more people to the Professional Drug Checkers team world wide. Most people can apply but we have some basic criteria in place such as to have expressed interest in harm reduction (based on your posts), ideally to have created a review or two as well as be able to work with reagent kits. To begin with you will be given a few orders to test and if you do successfully you will be given further access to work with others from the team.

    Benefits from joining the program are as follows:

    • You help out the community by alerting for dangerous products or vendors
    • You help out the community by reviewing drugs for purity and your personal experience if you wish to take them (we recommend always testing first)
    • You get to keep leftover drugs
    • You get paid a sign up bonus if you complete rounds of successful orders
    • You get paid per order depending of the country (difficulty of testing) and the type of drug you are testing per our standardised payout template

    How to apply?
    Send a PGP encrypted message to /u/hitch22 by laying out a few of the reasons why you think you are suitable (have done reviews before etc.).

    Follow program updates and other misc updates at the official Professional Drug Checkers subdreadit at /d/pdc.

    Thank you.