Versus stands out in almost every way, this marketplace seemed different from the others from the beginning, not only the design and structuring of the menus, but also the way it is evaluated, how traders have to “earn” their reputation again is not seen anywhere else on the markets.
But let’s start at the beginning, Versus like any other market has a DOS barricade in the form of a captcha, but Versus is one of the few markets that doesn’t rely on the captchas provided for free by dread’s Hugbunter and Whitehouse Market operator Mr_White but uses its own.
Here we already find the first plus point. Versus is not based on a script that can be bought, the entire project was created with our own hands and has grown over time like an evolution.
Versus is the only marketplace that has its own “ambassadors” – volunteers who constantly test merchants for free, place test orders, and publicly rate both merchandise and service. Why Versus employs these ambassadors is easily explained, it prevents shills (paid advertising spammers disguised as user reviews) from spreading untrue or inaccurate reviews, because it is first the opinion of the ambassador who objectively looks at the goods with both substance tests but also with the self-test.
The whole rating system on Versus is more extensive than elsewhere, 5 stars can be given for each of the following
Only those who shine in all 3 categories will be shown on the home page among the
Top-10 dealers shown. This top list placement can not be obtained through monetary benefits but only through performance and service.
So the first visible advertising fields are not paid stickies, but free and above all realistically created recommendations.
Only below that you will find bookable advertising spaces.
The offer is manageable, but only for the reason that Versus does not accept every dealer by far. Thus, known “selective scammers” (dealers who like to not deliver at all in large orders and simply keep the money) are not even on Versus, so they were already rejected in their application. plus in security, minus in diversity.
Versus has also made itself independent of boards, it runs its own forum which is well protected on a separate server and mostly unnoticed by DOS attacks.
we come to the security, in particular to the security of the money.
after some difficulties around hacked Bitcoin and Monero wallets, Versus has taken the drastic step of banning Monero, due to its still insecure structure and vulnerability.
Bitcoin remains, but not in the usual escrow payment system, no, Versus only allows multisig payments and thus secures customers and merchants against an exit scam.
Speaking of money, the prices are rather upscale, but this seems justified by the effort, safety has its price.
What is not allowed on Versus is:
I. NO pornography or pornographic media, including pedophilia, zoophilia, or torture.
II. NO dangerous weaponry, paraphernalia or substances of any sort, including semi-automatic weapons, explosives, knives, poisons, acids, diseases, nuclear or biological weapons, harmful/lethal gases or similar toxins, or weapons of mass destruction. Exceptions may be made for Tasers, pepper spray/Mace, nonlethal weapons, decorative/deactivated weapons for aesthetic purposes, antiques for collectible purposes, and fakes.
III. NO doxxing, either in full or in part. Threats of doxxing, blackmail, extortion, or the saving of any shipping or personal information about the customer by vendors past the point at which it is necessary to fulfill the order are also disallowed.
IV. NO advertising of services relating to harm, either physical or mental, or murder, including assassination, threatening, arson, surveillance or harassment of any person or persons, red room services, or services for hacking, DDoSing, or phishing of any site and/or business.
V. NO trading of fentanyl or any of its analogues or product containing fentanyl or any of its analogues.
VI. NO FE requests or outside market deals. This includes diverting users from Versus to other markets.
VII. NO contact information of insecure third party messenger or services including but not limited to apps like wickr or whatsapp.
VIII. NO sales or discussion of garlic bread. This rule is non-negotiable. Sales of the products required to create garlic bread are allowed, but not in bulk. Guides or discussion of the creation of garlic bread is strictly forbidden.
The minus points must be mentioned separately despite all this. No garlic bread is of course an absolute outrage, but we do not want to punish because of the permission of individual ingredients.
The 2 hacks that took place we consider massive but the handling of it was unprecedented, versus has reported transparently from the beginning and nothing omitted or glossed over as usual. There was no news blackout and no cover-up tactics.
That the grading system is not without its flaws is also not surprising, because where people rate, there is always room for a generous presentation of the facts. However, this remains a minor factor at Versus and could not be evaluated by us as a permanent trend.
Also the fact that it still dealers in the Netherlands try to declare that they ship from Germany is common practice here and will not as described in the rules of the marketplace, which are called here “Code of Conduct”, lead to exclusion. but since this happens to such a small extent that we could find just 2 forum posts about it, also falls only weakly in our final evaluation, which is there.
Who is not on the money but on safety and quality is well advised here. The somewhat small offer is purely due to the fact that Versus does not blindly accept every retailer, so it must be seen as a quality bonus. From us a clear result and the 4 stars are more than deserved.