NFT Guide

What is NFT?

An NFT, namely non-fungible token, is a unique piece of data that uses blockchain technology to log and authenticate digital content, such as videos, songs, and photographs, on cryptocurrency blockchains, primarily Ethereum.

Every transaction from transfers to sales is recorded on-chain once the content is logged onto the blockchain, producing an easily accessible record of provenance and pricing history.

The most substantial influence of NFTs is that they make it simple to own and sell digital content through the use of technology. While this technology made it simple to trade images online, it is, in fact, the NFT community that deserves credit for establishing a market for these digital assets, because, as many critics point out, digital images that have been converted into NFTs can still be saved or screenshotted without charge.

What is the difference between cryptocurrency and NFT?

Non-fungible tokens are created using the same programming language as cryptocurrency, like Ethereum and Solana, but the similarities end here.

Cryptocurrencies and physical money are both “fungible,” meaning they may be traded or exchanged for one another. They’re also worth the same amount of money—one dollar is always worth another dollar, and one Bitcoin is always worth another Bitcoin. The fungible nature of cryptocurrency makes it a viable tool to conduct blockchain transactions.

NFTs, on the other hand, are unique. Each contains a digital signature that prevents NFTs from being substituted for or compared to one another (hence, non-fungible).

How does it work, then?

NFTs are stored on a blockchain, which is a decentralized public ledger that keeps track of transactions. Most people are familiar with blockchain as the underlying technology that allows cryptocurrencies to exist.

An NFT is crafted from digital items that represent both tangible and intangible objects, such as art, videos, collectibles, gifs, virtual avatars, music, and so on.

NFTs are essentially digital versions of tangible collector’s artifacts. As a result, rather than receiving an actual oil painting to put on the wall, the buyer receives a digital file.

They also obtain exclusive rights to the property. It’s true: NFTs can only have one owner at a time. Because NFTs include unique data, it’s simple to verify ownership and transfer tokens between owners. They can also be used to hold specific information by the owner or author. Artists, for example, can sign their work by putting their signature in the metadata of an NFT.

How is it useful?

Artists and content creators have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to monetise their work thanks to blockchain technology and NFTs. Artists, for example, no longer have to sell their work through galleries or auction houses. Instead, the artist can sell it as an NFT straight to the consumer, allowing them to keep a bigger portion of the profit. Additionally, artists can integrate royalties into their software so that they receive a share of sales when their work is sold to a new owner. This is a desirable feature because most artists do not receive subsequent proceeds after their first sale.

How do you buy an NFT?

To begin, you’ll need a digital wallet that can hold both NFTs and cryptocurrencies. Depending on what currencies your NFT provider takes, you’ll probably need to buy some cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum or Solana. Coinbase, Kraken, eToro, and even PayPal and Robinhood now allow you to buy cryptocurrency with a credit card. After that, you’ll be able to transfer it from the exchange to your preferred wallet.

Should you buy an NFT?

Investing in NFTs, like most investing tools, is risky, and it is mostly a personal choice. If you have some spare funds, it might be something to think about, especially if the artwork has personal meaning for you. But when you buy invest in or trade NFTs, you should always do your own research and try not to be influenced by others.

The value of an NFT is solely determined by what someone else is willing to pay for it. As a result, rather than fundamental, technical, or economic indicators, which traditionally impact stock prices and, at the very least, constitute the basis for investor demand, demand will drive the price for an NFT.

All of this means that it is possible for you to resell an NFT for less than you bought it. If no one wants it, you might not be able to resell it at all.

That said, use NFTs like you would any other investment: DYOR, understand the risks (including the possibility of losing all of your investment money), and proceed with caution if you decide to invest.

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