The black market can be found in the Contacts menu of starport services at starports where it is available. To find out whether specific station has an active black market, open System Map, select the station, and check if "Black Market" is listed under the Facilities entry. Systems with black markets can also be located in the Galaxy Map by selecting Services in the Map View Configuration and then Black Market.
The presence of a black market is not constant. In most cases, it depends on the government type of the minor faction that is currently controlling a given station, as some types allow black markets to be run in territory under their control while others do not. In general, government types that allow black markets include Anarchy, Democracy, Cooperative, and Communism, while government types that prohibit them include Corporate, Dictatorship, Patronage, Feudal, and Theocracy.
Prices on the black market can vary greatly, depending on the goods and system. Generally, the black market subtracts 25% from the normal commodity prices. For example, if a station offers 1,000,000 CR per unit of Low Temperature Diamonds in the normal market, the black market will offer 750,000 CR.
Carrying stolen goods and/or illegal goods can be a dangerous pastime. Authorities, and other pilots, will often scan the cargo of ships to see if they are carrying any stolen and/or illegal goods. Being cargo scanned while carrying such items may incur a fine or bounty from the starport authorities, leading to restricted access to normal station services.
- EDDB - List of systems and stations that might contain a black market