Originally Posted by lawyerdad
I don't know any thing about the actual customer population, but that inference seems like a pretty big leap to make.
I don't know anything about the overall population, but I have seen bits and pieces of people discussing their use of the site (there's a big subreddit dedicated to it), and that was the impression I got. I'm sure there are junkies who have figured it out too, but having to wait for something in the mail is a big barrier compared to scraping up $20 and finding a dealer.
In fact, waiting periods are often something I have seen studied as part of drug legalization plans. Basically, you make sales legal, but you have to put in your order a few days to a week in advance--you can cancel your order at any time, but if you change your mind it's back into the queue (IIRC, it is designed with prepayment or a refundable deposit in mind and no bulk purchases). This breaks addict behavior since they can't get a fix immediately, and have time to irreversibly back out if they place an order in a moment of weakness.
Obviously it's not perfect, but it's an interesting idea. Would have to beat the black market, but for a lot of users, the guaranteed quality and safety and stable price is a plus. The illegal dealers would be limited in their pricing power since customers who can wait are guaranteed access to a safe supply at a fixed price...hopefully reducing entry into the black market.