This interview was not conducted by us but released for us by the admin of Archetype.
At Archetyp you immediately notice that everything was produced by hand, well thought out and therefore very elaborate. This already starts with the captcha query when entering the store. This new dark commerce trading place has recently opened its doors after extensive preparations. However, any interested parties will find only drugs and no data there, which is no coincidence. We recently talked at length with the programmer and founder of this project.Archetype is expected to become the model for all marketplaces in the long run.Archetype works with its own messaging system, but most of the exchange is likely to take place in a separate area at the underground forum dread. The Tor forum dread is accessible again after a long time.The online store’s specifications are clear: delivery of goods only within the EU, payment exclusively via Monero (XMR). In addition, only drugs are offered. There is no place for providers of hacked or phished data, credit cards, etc.Talking to the creator of the project, it quickly turns out that he has a lot of interest to tell. The goal at the end of the line? Archetype is to become the archetype of all marketplaces in the long term. The current store at the address 4pt4axjgzmm4ibmxplfiuvopxzf775e5bqseyllafcecryfthdupjwyd.onion therefore represents only the beginning.
How did you actually come to found Archetype?
I come from a financially poor background and didn’t necessarily grow up in the best part of town. I came into contact with drugs at a very early age and was able to gain a lot of experience, bad experiences, but also good ones. When I was younger, I thought I was invincible. I thought I was smarter than everyone else, so I skillfully ignored every warning and did whatever I felt like doing on a daily basis. But I have to say that alcohol was the worst drug for me. In my circle of friends, we often wandered the streets like fools and were out to fuck things up. I think it was a kind of “ritual of masculinity”. We were usually pretty drunk to lower the inhibition threshold. You simply dare to do more, everyone knows that. In retrospect, a lot of things make me uncomfortable. But I am grateful that I got off lightly with what I have experienced so far. I think it’s easier to lose control in a group. It’s probably the case that you’re often not fully aware of your actions when you’re acting in a group.Suddenly purified at 20When I was about 20 years old, I used LSD for the first time and it felt like someone had just given me the gift of ‘critical’ thinking. I started to question a lot of things, first why I was actually drunk almost every day. I realized that I am very far away from what I imagined for my future when I was a kid. As a child I always wanted to do a social job and do something good for the world and for my fellow human beings, but at that time I actually did exactly the opposite: I displayed antisocial behavior and got on every person’s nerves as much as I could.I think that was also my ‘ego death’, I realized and perceived extremely much that I had not perceived before, I am very glad about this experience with LSD. After my first trip, I also wanted to quickly consume LSD again and within a few months, I made four trips. After the fourth trip I had a new self-image and no desire to drink alcohol anymore. I also stopped drinking alcohol overnight, for a year.I started to focus on the goals of my childhood. And I set some new goals for myself, of course. I started with MMA, Reading books and educating myself. I wanted to create the best version of myself, my archetype. (Note: MMA stands for Mixed Martial Arts, a distinct type of full contact competition.)The Silk Road Forum as a guideWhat helped me a lot to focus on the right things in life was the Silk Road Forum, it was kind of magical there. There were a few fools, but for the most part, in my memory, the forum was one of respect and tolerance. It was also where I first came into contact with philosophy and ethics in my life, the time I spent there was a very formative time.A lot has happened since Silk Road. There have been countless marketplaces, but only a few that understand the values that I now carry within myself. I want to help build a healthy and vibrant drug scene in Europe, where values are more important than profit maximization.Archetype means something like “an ideal representative of an idea” – and with that I want to express that I have taken up the humanistic-liberal idea of Silk Road, but want to live it out differently than Ross Ulbricht did back then. I would like to clearly distance myself from Ross Ulbricht’s deeds (murder orders). I don’t idealize Silk Road or Ross Ulbricht, but the idea behind it. “Whoever seriously wants to tell me that Fraud is something good is doing mental gymnastics on the highest level. “I founded Archetyp also for this reason, nowadays it seems to be all about profit maximization. Everything is offered, as long as one can still be listed on Dread or dark.fail with what is offered. These market admins, which I address here, are in my opinion still children in the head, – ‘because they do not know what they do’. Anyone who seriously wants to tell me that Fraud is a good thing is doing mental gymnastics at the highest level. I will work to divide the scene, because criminal scum does not belong in the drug scene. In short: I miss the exchange on eye level, which is about growing together. That’s why I’m now taking up the humanistic-liberal idea behind Silk Road with Archetyp and trying to bring values back into the scene. Together we can stand up for the decriminalization and legalization.it’s not just about the next high in life after all. Archetype, should become the archetype of a marketplace.Archetype: implementation planned for the I2P network.
Why only in the Tor network, is everything else too dangerous for you?
Yes, the servers can only be operated safely as a Tor Hidden Service, therefore the choice fell on the Tor network, in the future I can imagine to also provide a mirror via I2P, should there be enough interest within the scene.Why is alcohol, the people’s drug number 1, legal?
At the moment you can be reached on the Tor network at 4pt4axjgzmm4ibmxplfiuvopxzf775e5bqseyllafcecryfthdupjwyd.onion. There are only different drugs on offer there, how did it come to this?
Drugs harm only the person using them, no one else. The biggest problem with using drugs nowadays is that there is no way to seek help reasonably. Since there is no government regulation, it is not always possible to know for sure how good the quality of the product is. Or whether the product is stretched and there are no comparative values or recommendations. One can certainly also argue that the families of addicts also suffer from the addiction, or that addicts tend to commit crimes, but both arguments can also be well applied to the legal drug alcohol.Would there be a state regulation and perhaps also a ‘drug driving license’, which one must have before one can acquire drugs legally in, one could solve many problems, avoid directly and offer help as needed.
25 Vendors there are with you at present, are many dealers on the search for respectable portals?
Definitely! Every portal increases a merchant’s reach and thus potential sales, which is the main goal of most merchants.Sophisticated frontend with lots of little gimmicks.
What differentiates you from the competition? Is there a unique selling point?
Archetyp has the most beautiful frontend in my opinion: a very clean user interface, with well thought out features, which also offers an unprecedented user experience through many unique features. Archetype has by far the best search function, as you can perform 100% accurate searches.For example, you can search for exactly 10g of cannabis shipped to Germany from a country within Europe, filtering by: price, popularity, rating and price-quality ratio. So it is possible to find the cheapest price. Other markets simply can not keep up with us here.There are also many small gimmicks that make life easier, for example, you can turn off images, which saves requests and increases performance, many more such ideas have been implemented.Archetype – security through obscurity
The payment is done only via Monero. What else have you done to secure the privacy of your users?
Although it is often argued that ‘security by obfuscurity’ is not useful, we rely on it as one of many measures and cannot make a precise statement, except that we know what we are doing.My know-how in the security field I have also shown off several times, for example when I hacked the competing market: ‘Pax Romana’ in spring 2020 and gained complete control over the servers. Database, wallets, source code and admin PGP private keys. Customers of the affected hack, I then offered a full refund of the loot. The market no longer exists, but you can still read about it on DiDW or Dread.Furthermore, I occasionally work as a pentester for existing markets or develop software solutions for customers in the darknet, this is actually also a great advantage, since Archetyp has no paper trails (documents, records). The entire infrastructure is funded by money that cannot be associated with me. I have never paid out any cryptocurrency and this will be my shield for a long time.
darknetstats.com also says that Pax Romana was hacked. Do the sales go through an escrow system?
There are currently two different payment methods: escrow and immediate payment of goods, where merchants have to prove that they have good intentions at the beginning. With the time these may require however also immediate payment of the goods.still another forum more is not necessary
Why a portal and no forum?
there are already very good forums, my favorite is DiDW, closely followed by Dread. It also has the advantage, if there is any doubt about seizing archetype servers, the discussions are not lost because they took place at DiDW or Dread.
How did it come to the connection at Dread?
The forum was down for a long time.Since I am a user at Dread for a long time, it was easy for me to create an own subforum there (dreadytofatroptsdj6io7l3xptbet6onoyno2yv7jicoxknyazubrad.onion/d/archetype) for my marketplace. The forum has been in existence for over 10 months now. “Revolutions are effected in two ways, by force and by fraud.” – Aristotle
What do you say to the honeypot rumors of Dread?
Allegedly, a European police authority has long since taken over the helm there.I cannot comment on this in a well-founded manner, as my knowledge is not sufficient. However, I have heard of the rumors, but to the best of my knowledge they were spread by a competing forum at the time.In principle, one should always act so data sparingly that even if Dread is under the control of a police authority, no conclusions can be drawn about one’s own person. “The war on drugs is wrong and has failed.”
What does your conscience say about helping third parties acquire drugs and profiting financially from it?
I feel good about it because I believe in the liberal humanist idea behind Archetyp.The war on drugs is wrong and failed. I think Germany should follow Portugal’s example with regard to drugs:decriminalization and or legalization, possibly in combination with a drug driver’s license, which imparts knowledge on risk minimization and the like.Operator of Archetyp respects the representatives of the other side.
Many a forum or even dark commerce trading sites have been busted. Are you not afraid of a bust?
No, I am not afraid of a bust at all. I have great respect for the police authorities and I do not underestimate them. I think what many also forget is that just because Monero is currently considered ‘untraceable’ doesn’t mean it will still be as anonymous and private in the future. One should always keep in mind that there are companies that are actively researching making Monero payments traceable as well. The biggest mistakes of my predecessors were almost always paper trails (= telltale documents found during the search). With increasing computing power, it should also become easier and easier to track monero payments. So if I send a payment today, which I consider ‘secure, anonymous & private’, it might be possible to trace it in 5 years. And I believe by then my ‘crimes’, will not be statute barred. Nothing is safe forever and I plan every step so that my anonymity is not only today, but 10 years from now. “Nothing is safe forever”
What will you be doing in five or ten years? And what will the Internet look like then?
In five years, Archetype will be the dominant European marketplace for drugs, and I will continue to work diligently on new features to give users the best experience. We will run the market until we have knocked Dream off the throne (the life of the market), after which we can do the same as Agora and Dream and slowly target retirement and clear the way for the next marketplace.Ten years from now I will proudly read, in the then current scene forums, how users mention Agora, Dream and Archetype in the same sentence. Like every ex-market admin, I will then live in Belize. ;)I can’t imagine the Internet of the future very well. Probably it will be similar to today, a little more censored and with even more advertising.