In this guide we explain everything you need to know in order to get connected to White House Market.

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White House Market is a Monero-only darknet market that got started in early 2020. It has since proven to be one of the most reliable darknet markets catering to the American and European crowds (as well as most other places around the world). With over 3,400 active vendors, 42,000 listings and 287,000 active customers daily, White House Market is a large-scale operation and carries a wide selection of items.

The market claims that its interface was written from scratch, without the use of market scripts. For the most part, it is easy to navigate and quickly narrow down listing results to a handful of those relevant to your search. Items are conveniently divided into a number of sub- and sub-subcategories. Vendor feedback statistics are prominently displayed, along with dispute and total sales statistics. Like some of its peers, White House imports feedback for vendors from other markets to help give them a fuller representation on the market. They are also quick to ban scamming vendors and take buyer complaints very seriously.

Like most darknet markets, most White House Market listings are for drugs, of which there is a huge selection, unrivaled by most other markets. They do have about 7,000 listings for software and other digital items, but the market employs a stricter quality control than most so the sections containing these products aren’t flooded with listings for useless or low-quality items. WHM charges their vendors a flat 5% fee on each sale, which is reasonable; but with their level of daily sales volume, that means the admins are truly raking it in.

You can tell that White House is attempting to incorporate lessons learned from mistakes made by former markets which are now offline. For example, White House

  • no longer accepts Bitcoin (BTC) deposits and is now 100% Monero (XMR),
  • no longer holds user funds in a central wallet, switching to the per-order payment system, and
  • employs a unique captcha system and auto-logout feature.

These are all modern additions to the market, best practices that evolved from attempts to find out what works. While there’s no such thing as a perfect darknet market, White House has thus far come pretty close, and we have no trouble recommending them to our readers. Just remember to maintain good OpSec practices and only make purchases from reputable vendors and you should be fine. Of course, there’s no harm in preparing for worst case scenarios when using any darknet market, and we encourage you to learn as much as possible beforehand.

Basic Facts about White House Market

  • Year founded: 2020
  • Cryptocurrencies accepted: Monero (XMR)
  • Total Product/Service listings: 42,000+
  • Listing Categories: Drugs, Online Business, Software, Services, Forgeries/Counterfeits, Defense/Counter Intel
  • Multi-signature escrow? No
  • Finalize Early? Yes
  • Cost of vendor bond: $1000
  • Advanced search filters: No

Before Getting Started

There are a few things you should definitely be aware of before attempting to connect to White House Market or any darknet market.

  • First, you’ll need to know how to use the Tor browser, which is what allows you to connect to sites that end with “.onion” (aka the dark web).
  • Second, you’ll need to know how to make cryptocurrency transactions; specifically as they relate to Monero (XMR). Monero is a privacy coin where the addresses and amounts in a transaction are obfuscated by design.
  • Third, you’ll need a basic familiarity with OpSec; otherwise known as Operations Security. This is the art of positioning oneself from the mindset of their adversary in order to identify weaknesses in online operations, also it is suggested to find link to darknet markets on DarkFail or TorTaxi.

As an example of good (mandatory, rather) OpSec:

When paying for an order, never send XMR straight from an exchange or centralized wallet service. Though nobody else can see your transaction, the exchange/wallet keeps a record of your withdrawal address. This creates a theoretical link between you and the darknet market.

A good place to start for newcomers is the Darknet Market Bible, a highly educational collection of tutorials and guides, which can be found here.

Before using darknet markets it is also advised to use bitcoin mixers such as ChipMixer.

Disclaimer: This guide is for research purposes only and should not be construed as advice; legal or otherwise. In no way do the authors of this guide condone activities that are illegal in your jurisdiction or others. Use the contents of this guide or White House Market at your own risk.

Creating an Account

After making sure that you have found a verified link and entered it, you will be asked to solve a relatively difficult captcha, as White House is frequently the subject of DDOS attacks. After doing this, a “Before You Proceed” screen will appear, instructing you to download the White House market PGP public key. This is a good idea as you can use it to verify market mirrors to make sure you aren’t visiting a phishing link.

Next, you’ll be transported to the login screen, which looks like this:

Since we don’t have an account yet, press “Sign up now.” You will be instructed to create a username and password (x2).

We recommend choosing a unique username that cannot be tied to your IRL or other online identities, and a password at least 10 characters in length – preferably a random combination of numbers, letters, and special characters. After you have solved the captcha, press “Submit” to continue.

If everything goes according to plan, you should see a message that says “Success”, followed by a welcome message:

“Your user has been created. When you login, you will be required to add your PGP public key, functionality without PGP is limited. Thank you for your business!”

Press “Proceed to Login”. This time around, you will enter your username, password, and select how long you want your session to last before you are logged out. Press “Login” to connect. You are now free to browse the market, but you will not be able to make a purchase or send a message until you have configured your PGP public key.

Setting Your PGP Key

To enter your PGP public key, hover over your account name in the menu item area and select “Your PGP Key” from the drop-down list.

For buyers, White House recommends generating a unique key pair specifically for market use. Once you have done this, paste your public key in the text box, which should look something like this when properly filled:

After pasting the entire PGP public key, press “Submit”. The next step will be to verify ownership of the key by decrypting a message that was encrypted with it.

Use your PGP client to decrypt the message, which will reveal a code to be entered into the text box beneath it. After doing this, press “Submit”. You will then be brought to a screen that says “Public key added / updated.” Your PGP key is now attached to your account, and you are almost ready to get started placing orders.

Making a Deposit

An XMR-only market, White House stopped using the old-fashioned, central wallet system months ago. This means they now use the pay-per-order system where a deposit is only made upon placement of an order. As such, there are no longer account wallets on the market.

Browsing White House Market

With something of a unique interface that suggests parts of it were created from scratch, White House Market

Categories of listings (along with their subcategories) found on the market are as follows:

  • Drugs (Benzos, Cannabis, Dissociatives, Drug Precursors, Drug Testing Kits, Ecstasy, Laboratory Equipment, Opioids, Other Drugs, Paraphernalia, Prescription Drugs, Psychedelics, Steroids, Stimulants, Tobacco, Weight Loss)
  • Online Business (Bank Logins, Cards and CVV, Corporate Intel, Cryptocurrency Cards, Drops – Bank or Other, Dumps, Other Fraud Related, SSN/DOB, Various Logins
  • Software (Botnets and Malware, Commercial Software, Exploits/Kits, Other Software, Security Software)
  • Services (Carding, Fake Documents – Digital or Physical, Hosting, Operational Management, Other Services, SOCKS, Security, Social Engineering, VPN)
  • Forgeries/Counterfeits (Art, Currency, Electronics, Jewelry, Other Forgeries, Watches)
  • Defense/Counter Intel (Body Armor, Camera Detectors, Defense/Counter Intel, Frequency Scanners/Bug Detectors, IMEI Changing, IMSI Catchers, Metal Detectors, Operational Security, Security Communication Software/Service or Hardware, Signal Jammers/Frequency Blockers, Surveillance Equipment)

Many sub-categories have more specific, sub-subcategories; for instance, the Cannabis sub-category is divided into buds, concentrates, hash, seeds, etc.). The market layout is very simple and user-friendly.

You’ll notice that, like with most markets, the market homepage displays Featured Listings by default. Below this is a section for top vendors.

Hovering over a category reveals all its subcategories. In the Simple Search (set by default), it is easy to narrow down the selections displayed by entering a search term and changing the Shipping from/to. The Advanced Search allows you to specify the category and field to be searched in addition to the regular options. As the market isn’t overwhelmingly large, usually the Simple Search option will suffice in finding what you’re looking for.

Clicking on “Show Listing” reveals the following:

Here we can see the all the details of the listed item, including its:

  • Category
  • Price in fiat currencies and XMR
  • Measurement unit
  • Shipping from/to
  • Shipping methods
  • Availability
  • Vendor name (% positive reviews, no. of reviews, dispute stats, sales stats)
  • FE enabled
  • Last seen
  • PGP fingerprint and public key

Below this are some additional notes from the vendor, including shipping standards and expectations, refund policy, and general information that you should be aware of before placing an order. Below that is the vendor introduction info that is also shown on their main page. Finally, at the bottom of the listing are thumbnails of product photos.

Clicking on a vendor name reveals the following:

Here we can see the vendor’s name, their account creation month, when they were last active, and the following:

  • Seller feedback: % positive reviews / total number of reviews (click the link to read individual reviews).
  • Sales: an estimated count of sales at WHM
  • Disputes: how many dispute the vendor has won vs. lost
  • Finalize early (FE): if FE is enabled, buyers are expected to release funds to the vendor upon order placement; if not, funds are held in the standard market escrow.
  • Imported feedback: feedback imported from other markets, stating % positive and total sales.
  • PGP public key fingerprint: used to quickly verify a vendor across different markets.
  • PGP public key: the public key which you will use to encrypt communication to the vendor.

Beneath this is the User Profile, which is custom-entered information about the vendor. It’s a good idea to give this section a thorough reading before placing an order because frequently this is where you will find out what they expect in the way of shipping information. This is also the place where they will tell you what you can expect in terms of delivery options and methods.

Finally, at the very bottom of the vendor page, we see the reviews collected from all sales conducted by the vendor on WHM. Quite often, this is where you can find the best information regarding the trustworthiness and competency of the vendor.

Of course, we always recommend going with the more experienced, higher trusted vendor when given a choice. Stay away from vendors with several 0/5 ratings, from whom buyers report receiving an ineffective item, or nothing altogether. The vendor is what most often makes or break a darknet market experience. Choosing the right vendor can be all the difference between a good time and a nightmarish scam.

Don’t put yourself at risk by dealing with an unknown vendor – let somebody else be that vendor’s first sale – it doesn’t have to be you. This is especially true if you are simply seeking to save a few bucks. Don’t do it. Go with what is known to work, and who is known to make it work. White House is quick to ban scammer accounts, but it’s always better not to be the person who discovers they are a scammer.

Making a Purchase

Once you’ve found a product you wish to purchase, click the orange button at the bottom of the listing that says “Place an order for this item”. There’s a good chance you’ll have to complete a 2-FA step by decrypting a message encrypted with your market PGP key. The Code field will look something like this when filled correctly:

Press “Submit” after you have decrypted the contents of the message and pasted solely the code portion of the message. You will then be transported to the order details and confirmation page. First, we will review the basic product and shipping information to confirm this is what we want:

Note this vendor’s different shipping options, and the fact that funds will be held in escrow by the market (FE is not enabled for this vendor). Below this we see the pertinent order details, where shipping info will be provided and the method will be selected, along with quantity desired. Don’t forget to encrypt your shipping address using the vendor’s public key.

The key can be found next to their fingerprint, in the Place order segment shown above. Press “Show Key”, copy the contents of the resulting text box, and import it as a certificate into your PGP client. Next, encrypt your shipping information using the newly-imported vendor key. Then paste the encrypted contents into the Message box.

Be sure to follow the vendor’s exact instructions for writing shipping information. These can be found in the main profile section of their page. Some vendors are picky about things like zip codes or address format, so its always a good idea to give their page a check over before sending off the message.

Below the shipping info is a captcha that must be solved. After doing so, and you have double-checked that your order details are correct, you are ready to click the “Place Order” button. Note that you will have three hours to make a payment after you press the button.

You will then be brought to the invoice page. Here you will be presented with a total amount in XMR that you are to send to the item payment address. The address itself is encrypted using your public key, so you must first decrypt it with your PGP utility.

Note that you are to send the exact amount of XMR specified, or your order placement will be delayed and then you must go through the process of being issued a refund or sending more funds to cover the missing balance. The contents of the encrypted message include the following (except your deposit address will be different):

­The XMR address is the 3rd line in the message, starting with the number “8”. Send the exact amount of XMR displayed on the Order total line to this address. Do not use multiple transactions to fill the total; only the first transaction will be registered by the system. After the market has detected your payment (upon confirmation by the Monero network), your order status will be updated to reflect that payment has been received. At this point, the market will inform the vendor that a payment has been made, and the vendor will start preparing your order for shipping.

Most vendors use Escrow on Wall Street and are not FE-enabled. This means that most of the time you will wait until receiving and inspecting the order before releasing funds to the vendor.

  • What is Escrow? “Escrow” means funds are held at an intermediary address controlled by the market until the buyer reports they are satisfied with the order.
  • What is FE? “FE” stands for Finalize Early, which is the only alternate payment system offered at WHM. If a vendor has FE-enabled, they will expect you to mark the order as received as soon as the system has marked your payment as processed.

After receiving your order, it’s considered polite to give the vendor feedback, though not a requisite. If you followed all our steps presented here, then you’ll likely have no problems. Just be patient as sometimes orders can take a bit longer than expected. It’s also polite to give the vendor a chance to respond to a missing/non-satisfactory order before escalating things to a dispute.

Like vendors, buyers are also rated, so its important to mind the vendor’s rules and preferences, and above all else to be civil in case things don’t go as expected. Most of the time, misunderstanding can be worked out and situations resolved in a fair manner. You can help minimize the chance of these by only dealing with highly-reputable, well-established vendors.

Wrapping it Up

In all, White House Market is one of the bigger, more reputable markets on the current darknet market landscape. It’s coming up on 20 months of relatively smooth operations with very few complaints or concerns voiced by the community. As far as darknet markets go, we like WHM because it appears to be solidly constructed and encourages behavior conducive to good OpSec, like forcing communication to be PGP-encrypted, only using Monero, and using one-time payment addresses as opposed to the traditional, centrally-controlled wallet system.

In terms of selection, White House covers a lot of territory within reason. They are firm about rejecting entire categories from listing and big on reduction of spam listings. This makes their categories refreshingly easy to browse as they don’t suffer from the cluttering problem that frequently afflicts other markets. They’ve managed to attract a well-rounded selection of seasoned vendors that cover a lot of territory internationally.

WHM manages to remain off the radar of mainstream media (unlike some of its more infamous competitors), but the fact that the market takes in such a huge amount of money collecting the 5% item fee is not likely to escape the attention of law enforcement; especially as the market grows bigger and feeds off the success of its longevity. For now, however, the market seems to be doing just fine, yet to signal the faintest signs of distress.

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