I have read a lot about the silk road and I am still unsure what it is. I went to http://silkroadmarket.org but it just says that the site is down.

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    This site is about Bitcoin and other Crypto currencies. It cannot possibly become about any business that happens to accept bitcoins unless the primary focus of the question is the bitcoin technology or similar issues. Sep 13, 2011 at 17:48
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    @Robert - Asking about "businesses" that are primarily Bitcoin, especially enabled by Bitcoin is on topic IMO. Voting to reopen.
    – ripper234
    Feb 5, 2012 at 7:48

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Silkroad is an anonymous online marketplace inside the Tor network which became famous for selling illegal drugs.

They don't have anything to do with the Bitcoin project, except for the fact that they accept bitcoins as a payment method.

  • It also sells books. Got a few good books on there.
    – rickyduck
    Dec 12, 2012 at 12:37

Silkroad is a Tor Hidden Service enabling supply and demand of/for (mostly illegal) goods & services to meet. Its onion address is http://silkroadvb5piz3r.onion/

Silkroad does not itself engage in selling goods or services, but merely offers a marketplace for doing this. Neither does it engage in handling payment or delivery.

A reputation system is in place to weed out the bad suppliers.

To be able to visit Silkroad you must make use of the Tor Network and Onion Name Resolution. There are many HowTos on this, here is one.

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