White House Market going offline peaceably

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Mr White decided to close White House Market allowing users to finalize their open orders and withdraw their funds



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A bit more than two years ago since Mr White decided to launch a XMR only darknet marketplace due to the lack of required privacy by Bitcoin and because some users still don't know how or neglect cleaning their coins.

White House Marketplace was launched 23rd August 2019 and it closed its doors on 1st August 2021.

At the beggining some users laughed at Mr White arguing that no one would use such a market. Time proved who was right.

And Mr White did not just pushed XMR adoption in darknet marketplaces, he also educated thousands of customers who refused most of time to encrypt their sensitive information in previous marketplaces (such as DarkMarket, Alphabay, Hansa and the list could continue) because no plain text information in marketplace was allowed, only PGP encrypted messages with the right PGP were allowed. Also it was the first marketplace to truly force users to disable Javascript in the marketplace.

The average darknet lifetime is around 8 months, but in the marketplace's duration Mr White also wanted to be different. It lasted more than two years but the most shocking thing is that he decided to close the marketplace in a peacefully way, allowing all users to finalize their orders and withdraw their coins during an undefined time (we assume that minimum it will be around 45 days according to max escrow time allowed (but if you have some marketplace's balance our recommendation is to withdraw it as soon as possible) and maximum time will be 6 months) proven the community to be an admin with moral integrity restoring the trust in the darknet community again, something we had to wait several years since the peaceful closure of Agora marketplace in August 2015.

Here you can read Mr White's signed retiring message:

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Hash: SHA256

We have reached our goal and now, according to plan, it's
time to for us to retire. 

Effective immediately user registration and ordering have
been disabled, everything else (yes, withdrawals included)
is working as usual. 

We will keep the market online for a limited time until
open orders are finalized, disputes handled and coins
withdrawn. We don't know how long that will take but
don't expect to come back 6 months from now and find the
market up. 

All market rules are still in effect so users (both
buyers and vendors) should not try to take advantage 
of the situation and scam, the feedback system is still
working and will be shared with Recon and other markets. 

Because this week's featured listings and stickies won't
generate any revenue vendors who paid for them will be
refunded via their market wallet. 

Vendors can now advertise the markets where they operate
on their vendor profiles however direct contacts are still
disallowed.

For alternative markets check out /d/Superlist on Dread, the
ones listed there are established and going strong. Keep in mind
any market can disappear at any time and for what ever
reason (exit scam, law enforcement operation, hack, technical
issue and so on) but markets like Monopoly (true wallet-less, 
direct deal) and Versus (enforced multisig) greatly minimize 
damage. You can also give a chance to new markets, we all
have to start somewhere. 

Thanks everybody for your business, trust, support and of
course for placing decent amounts of money in our pockets. 
We may come back some time in the future with a different 
project or we may not. Meanwhile be on the lookout for phishing
or copycats, if it's not signed by us it's not us.

Good luck and stay safe.
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Few months ago Mr White decided to stop registration of new vendors, now registrations for new users are closed and it is not possible to place new orders (only take actions with already created orders and withdraw funds).

White House took benefit from several big marketplaces which exited scammed as Dream Market or Empire Market and seized marketplaces like Wall Street Market Market or Valhalla. But they key to its success was admin's coding skills created one of the most useful protections in Tor against DoS attack: Endgame. Because Mr White did the EndGame open source other marketplaces could take advantage of his knowledges even if they do not know what they are doing.

According to the counter on its home page, it claims to have almost 895000 users, 3450 vendors and almost 47500. The closure of White House Market is a great loss for the darknet community but do not cry because they are gone smile because they existed.

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