Predator-RC signs emails with “We are ONE and ONLY.” And indeed, they are probably the most entertaining vendor originating from the Polish scene. The Polish scene used to operate in Poland until the summer/autumn of 2018 when the Polish government made most Research Chemicals illegal. Many shops had to relocate and moved to the Netherlands.
By the way, in Poland, the government does not combat Research Chemicals, Legal Highs, or New Psychoactive Substances; no, in Poland, they colloquially use the term “dopalacze,” which would translate to “afterburners.”
Predator nevertheless ships worldwide, also to Poland. For a while, he even tried to operate (sometimes produce and sell) from there partly, but that finally became too risky after the Polish government started imprisoning RC Vendors who tried likewise.
So, Polish customers are receiving their orders from the Netherlands now. They would use a fake name and have their order shipped to a parcel station, where you could pick up mail by simply entering a code without having to show your id. Clever.
The Predator web shop is still in Polish, and prices are still low (~ 6 USD per gram of standard products). However, they also delete negative comments/complaints from the discussion area below each product page. So, like with 99,9% of RC vendors, the reviews on Predator’s website have also become useless. Sad story.
The entertainer and his daily promotion deals
To make ordering more tempting, Predator offers special deals throughout the week: On Mondays, you get some 3-CMC for free; on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you may ask for free products worth your shipping costs; on Wednesdays, you may ask for free 4-CMC, and Friday to Sunday there is a surprise weekend special. Alternatively, you can always ask for free 3-MMC pellets if you pay via Bitcoin.
Let’s have a closer look at one of these weekend specials
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The entertainer and his hide & seek
Predator is known for sometimes not processing orders. If they have less than ten products in stock, they might be on holiday. This is important because they wouldn’t tell you or close the store. They disappear and keep the webshop open, and after weeks or even months, they would return, not even say sorry for delayed orders and, this is important, their comeback would always go along with many new products. I think this is 50% laziness and 50% marketing strategy. Customers would order these new products like mad, especially since they had been waiting for so long.
To let the world know that the shop is not gone for good, they constantly keep in touch with their customers on the (corrupt) dopek.info forum while they are on holiday. If this were a pure marketing strategy, I’d call it cynical, but I don’t know.
I did not get in touch with the shop before writing this text since they would answer my emails but only provided answers to questions I had not asked about. They will, of course, get to see the article and may ask for corrections or additions, but something tells me they don’t really care.
The Polish Scene
The Polish Scene means more than just being a shop that used to operate in Poland. They have like their own products, which would often be not as pure as with, e.g., Dutch vendors and often times have an unpleasant smell or would be extremely caustic and cause you tears running down your cheeks after ingestion. Also, Polish customers tend to smoke the products, “konkret vapo?” used to be the most often asked product information on their webshop.
They do their own thing, produce in Slovakia and other Eastern European countries, they would provide multiple different batches of the same chemical which all would be different in color, smell and effects, …they seem to be different.
However, besides their products, they aren’t. The Polish NPS scene evolved early and soon became very popular, similar to the situation in the United Kingdom (Great Britain and Ireland). They used the same marketing tools, would, e.g. present lab tests to insinuate these “Legal Highs” would not be dangerous but “safe alternatives” compared to hard drugs, which of course, is not true.
It started with occasional sales via online forums before rich businessmen brought the scene to the next level: They worked out marketing strategies and installed professionally looking forums like dopalacze.com, that would advertise only shops that were franchise takers of the forum owners. If you had a couple of thousand USD, you could buy a license, open a shop and start selling.
And the chemicals sold well. A study from 2010 showed that almost every tenth student would have done NPS at least on a monthly basis. Already in 2008, the first “smart shop” openly selling synthetic designer drugs opened, and that thing became a mass phenomenon, it moved from online-only to “real-life” at remarkable speed: By the end of 2008, 40 so-called “smart shops” openly selling designer drugs were operational in Poland, a country with close to 40 million citizens. The range of drugs was expanding, too, smoking blends mixed with synthetic Cannabinoids like JWH-18 appeared, Mephedrone (4-MMC) became a bestseller, and by the end of 2010, there were already 1,3000 “smart shops” up and running all over the country.
The owners of the forum dopalacze.com, who used their money to source or produce the synthetic drugs which their franchise takers would sell for them, would contact the press to announce the opening of new shops, just like any other business would do. And the press surprisingly loved them so that by 2010, already 90 (!) percent of young people aged 18-19 would have heard of NPS already.
In 2011, “smart shops” were made illegal, and the sellers returned to their web shops, police counted 43 of them those days. Since 2013, the number of consumers and awareness of these drugs are declining. Not just because recreational drug shops were banned, but also because good selling drugs were scheduled, and last but not least, ordering online seems to attract fewer customers than just buying drugs at a shop nearby.
With the rise of synthetic designer drugs, also mental disorders occurred more frequently, and no one knows about the long-term effects of Research Chemicals. The number of NPS-related poisonings went down from a record high in 2010, but interestingly began to constantly rise again.*
*All data were taken from: Piotr Jabłoński , Artur Malczewski: New Psychoactive Substances. Problem and Response. Warsaw: 2014.
Polish Scene Product Quality
As of today, in 2020, I am aware of two Polish forums that are not competitors but rather rivals: dopek.info and dopalamy.com, both advertising Research Chemical Shops. I wouldn’t know how they work, if they are still run as franchises or if the more prominent shops source and produce drugs for the others; Or maybe run labs of their own, or if they are imported from Eastern Europe (like Slovakia) or possibly Asia.
dopek.info seems to be doing a lot better. Still, some of the advertised shops there not only provide the poor quality the Polish scene is sometimes known for but also act mysteriously: They, e.g., insist on self-destroying messages instead of emails or would sell both Research Chemicals and things like prepaid cards for mobile phones, for anonymous registration with online accounts and for anonymous communication of course.
Don’t get me wrong, the batches in this scene vary so heavily that sometimes you will be lucky and receive top quality. But they also sell chems that would often contain lots of probably toxic synth residues. The bad smell and the burning are usually not part of the substance you ordered; these are impurities.
Tipp: Their prices seem tempting, and they all ship more or less reliable (you might sometimes receive replacement products you had not ordered because many of them don’t keep their web shops up to date.) Still, if you smoke such a tainted product and your throat or lungs hurt, you better stop and get rid of it. It’s not worth intoxicating oneself; life is already too short anyway. I am not saying that all products were of questionable quality, but if you should receive such, please let it be.
Predator Product Quality
Back to Predator. Besides selling neurotoxic chemicals like Chloro-substituted Cathinones (e.g., 3-CMC, 4-CMC), their products as of May 2020 look good, have no weird smell and seem of good quality.
3-CMC gave me an instant headache; I won’t touch that one again, and one out of the three variants of Hexen they sent felt like swallowing a razor blade: Hexen White Powder feels way too caustic; I won’t open that bag again. Oh, and I don’t like their 3-FPM either. The latter is a question of taste; I assume others might like it. The headache and the sore throat aren’t, though.
Their new batch of 4F-MPH is unspectacular but clean and more than okay especially given the price. Their A-PiHP is the best A-PiHP I have seen anywhere, their MDPHP Powder is good, and their new HEX-EN Crystal is way better than their last Hexen. DCK is good but too mild; their 3-MMC looks better than it works but is also okay. Their 2-FDCK, however, didn’t have any effects on me.
Predator recently asked for translators and for places where he could advertise. With the new products, I could imagine him expanding his business.
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If you think your go-to vendor is out of his mind with their constantly rising prices, and if you want to try something different from what Dutch shops usually offer, then I’d say Predator-RC is a good option.
Maybe make a small order and try different products; you will soon find out if you rather tend towards uppers or other substances.
Please don’t forget to mention the daily promotion deal in the comment field during checkout. If you forget, you will not receive any products for free.
Predator-RC Shop Description & Links
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