Purchasing drugs on the darknet? Why do that when you can purchase from “IndiaMart”?
On IndiaMart, you will find vendors selling everything from illegal drugs to old movies.
One would think that a market like IndiaMart wouldn’t be successful but they’re worth $146 million.
IndiaMart, currently employing 2600 people, is one of India’s largest online marketplace.
Not counting the legitimate sellers, IndiaMart is filled to the brim with drug dealers and scammers.
Likewise to the darknet, these vendors don’t care about legal repercussions.
On IndiaMart, you will find a designated policy against contraband, yet the vendors are still active.
One vendor, “Daiichi”, made the statement “We don’t really have police trouble from this. …”
According to a report by GlobalPost, “If someone will buy it, someone is likely selling it on IndiaMart, the second-largest online wholesale marketplace on the planet in terms of the sheer number of products for sale.”
The report compares IndiaMart to Alibaba who has a “cleaner” image.
“Alibaba, its main competitor, appears almost entirely free of offers for illegal drugs. So do eBay and Amazon. Meanwhile, IndiaMart, despite a stated policy against posting illegal goods, hosts hundreds of vendors promising bulk shipments of controlled substances.”
Sumit Bedi, Vice President of Marketing for IndiaMart, said that the vendors are using slang that they and government are having a hard time figuring out which is why drug dealing is so widespread on IndiaMart.
However, GlobalPost pointed out that this is false, “But the drugs offered on IndiaMart are hardly hidden behind a maze of impenetrable code. Want to shop for methamphetamine on IndiaMart? Simply type “meth” in the search bar and dozens of sellers are vying for your cash.”
The vendor mentioned earlier, Daiichi – who sells meth, continued in his statement, “I know this is a controlled substance, But we’re very discreet. We ship worldwide. We are verified sellers and you can even confirm that with IndiaMart.”
Being “verified” shouldn’t mean much since the only thing you need to do to become a verified seller is attach your email address to your account. Due to the easy verification requirements, scamming is rampant.
Bedi promises to work on purging drug dealers and scammers, saying IndiaMart has “a responsibility to the market”. Although Mukesh Choudhary, a cybercrime expert who helps train law enforcement in India, has said told GlobalReport that “anyone dumb enough to file a police complaint against an online drug dealer, he says, faces imprisonment for soliciting narcotics”.