With more people joining the NFT ecosystem, NFTs have become easier to buy. One of the easiest ways to buy or get an NFT is by visiting an NFT marketplace.
Table of Contents
- 1 3 steps to buy an NFT
- 2 Step 1: Get a crypto wallet
- 3 Keep your wallet key safe
- 4 Step 2: Buy cryptocurrency, probably ETH
- 5 Step 3: Go to a marketplace and buy an NFT
- 6 Are there any fees when buying NFTs?
- 7 Factors that affect an NFT’s value
- 8 Strategies for investing in NFTs
- 9 Flipping NFTs
- 10 Gaming with NFTs
- 11 Creating and selling your own NFTs
- 12 Pros and cons of buying NFTs
- 13 Bottom line
3 steps to buy an NFT
Buying an NFT for the first time takes a few steps, but it’s very similar to buying anything online with e-commerce sites like eBay or Amazon. It boils down to needing funds, an account with the site you’re buying from, and somewhere to house your newly purchased item.
Step 1: Get a crypto wallet
Before you can get an NFT, you need a place to store it — and this means getting a crypto wallet. There are software wallets and hardware wallets.
Software wallets often come with a browser extension so that while you’re purchasing crypto or NFTs, the extension opens a window, allowing you to confirm transactions and send cryptocurrency. Software wallets are online all the time. Popular software wallets include MetaMask, ZenGo and Wallet Connect.
Hardware wallets connect to your computer and are only online when plugged in and turned on. They function like a thumb drive or external storage device, and are considered safer than software wallets — but they aren’t free and are arguably less convenient than a hot wallet. A few hardware wallets include Ledger, Trezor and KeepKey Wallet.
For your first NFT, we recommend a free software wallet for convenience and easy use.
Image source: Coinbase NFT
Keep your wallet key safe
Your wallet’s security largely falls on you: Never give your wallet’s passwords or private keys. If you do, someone could take your assets — and them back can be next to impossible. Your wallet’s private key is comparable to your debit card’s PIN, so keep it safe.
Step 2: Buy cryptocurrency, probably ETH
Most NFTs are bought using crypto, so you need to fund your wallet with cryptocurrency to make a purchase. Nearly all Ethereum-based marketplaces accept the currency ether (ETH).
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Luckily, ETH is a widely available cryptocurrency for purchase on just about any major cryptocurrency exchange such as Gemini, Crypto.com, FTX.us, Coinbase or Binance.us.
To use a crypto exchange, connect your wallet and create an account. Verify your identity, deposit funds, and then buy the crypto. Most exchanges accept a variety of deposit methods: often ACH, debit or credit card, wire transfer and sometimes even Apple Pay or PayPal.
It sounds like a lot of steps at first, but most exchanges walk you through the process and are streamlined for convenience.
Step 3: Go to a marketplace and buy an NFT
Think of NFT marketplaces like any other peer-to-peer shopping platform. Other users are selling their assets, you can view descriptions, ownership history, past sales, file types and other details.
To use the marketplace, you’ll need to connect your wallet to the marketplace by choosing Connect wallet, in most cases. You may also need to create an account with the marketplace.
Image source: OpenSea
With a connected wallet and account (if required), browse the NFTs listed for sale within your price range.
If you see something you like, select Buy, Bid or sometimes Make an Offer, depending on the sale method. Your wallet and the marketplace will process the transaction, you only need to confirm it.
A few NFT marketplaces specialize in an NFT genre like art or music, such as Foundation (fine art) or Yellowheart (celebrity and music).
Other NFT marketplaces, like Nifty Gateway or OpenSea, are mixed marketplaces with a large variety of NFT niches like memes, celebrity, gaming, avatars and more.
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Once the NFT is in your wallet, it’s proof that you own it — your wallet’s public address is proof that an NFT is yours.
Are there any fees when buying NFTs?
You’ll pay gas fees when buying NFTs. These are basically transaction fees associated with the blockchain. Think of them like a shipping or processing fee.
The nodes monitoring a blockchain need incentive to keep processing new transactions, so everyone pays „gas“ fees when they submit a new transaction to process on the blockchain. NFT marketplaces don’t set these fees, and they’ll vary by the second. For more information, read our guide on gas fees.
NFT marketplaces can also have their own fees, often just called a marketplace fee or commission fee.
A typical NFT marketplace may charge buyers around 2.5% to 5% of an NFT’s final sale price, per sale. If you list an NFT for sale on a marketplace, it may also charge you a listing fee.
Factors that affect an NFT’s value
There are factors that can influence an NFT and help you determine whether you should buy an NFT. These factors can determine an NFT’s value:
- Availability. A common token standard — such as ERC-20 — that can be sold on many marketplaces may have a higher resale value.
- Creator ethos. The NFT artist can be a major influence on value, much like the traditional art world. Popular NFT artists include Pak, XCOPY and Beeple, to name a few.
- Utility. An NFT to use in a blockchain game, like a game weapon or avatar, can have more built-in value than a static art piece, but this varies.
- Crypto values. Most NFTs are bought with cryptocurrency, so if the cryptocurrency market takes a hit, the secondary NFT market may see a decrease in interest causing depreciation.
- Consumer interest. NFTs are speculative investments. If someone is willing to pay thousands for an NFT, the selling price determines the NFT’s value; but this works the other way around as well.
Image source: Nifty Gateway, „The Touch“ by Pak that sold for $15,000
Strategies for investing in NFTs
Keep in mind that there’s never a guarantee that you’ll earn from investment strategies with NFTs, but there are three popular earning methods with these unique tokens: flipping, gaming and creating.
Reselling NFTs can be a profitable NFT investment strategy. Similar to flipping antiques or other valuables, flippers buy assets then later sell them in hopes to earn more than their purchase price.
However, this is risky with NFTs: There’s no way to know for sure whether the value will appreciate, so keep that in mind.
There are a few NFT collections and creators that have proven themselves in the space, such as Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks, also called blue-chip NFTs. Many of these individual NFTs go for thousands (sometimes millions) and are highly coveted.
Image source: OpenSea, Bored Ape Yacht Club #5672
Gaming with NFTs
Many play-to-earn crypto games utilize NFTs that come with earning opportunities. Often, you buy the required NFTs to play the game, and by playing the game you may earn rewards in the form of other NFTs or cryptocurrency.
For example, the popular game Axie Infinity uses NFT creatures that battle each other. If your owned NFT creatures win a battle, you earn cryptocurrency. Another potential profit can come from breeding and selling NFT creatures.
Investing in NFT gaming can also be risky business and may require a hefty upfront investment, and some patience — you may not see a profit when you first start out and your NFT assets could lose value, so use caution.
Image source: Axie Infinity
Creating and selling your own NFTs
Many NFT marketplaces can help you create your own unique NFTs to sell on the market. Creating a new NFT to place onto a blockchain is called minting, or tokenizing.
Thanks to smart contracts and blockchain technology, each time the NFT sells, you can earn royalties: a percentage of the sale price in perpetuity. Many marketplaces offer a creator royalty percentage between 5% and 15%.
Pros and cons of buying NFTs
NFTs started off as a fun project for tech-savvy developers and users to participate in minigames. Since then, the ecosystem has exploded to the point that pretty much everyone knows what an NFT is, and some tokens are worth tens of millions.
NFTs are one of the most speculative assets on the market today, and their real-world value is a topic for debate. However, getting your hands on one takes only a few steps.
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