A Newby’s Guide to Buying, Selling, and Creating NFTs
What is an NFT and How Does it Work?
Non-Fungible Tokens are defined as cryptographic assets on a blockchain with unique identification codes and meta data to differentiate them. Unlike cryptocurrencies, they can’t be traded or exchanged as equivalence. An NFT can be used to represent the possession of artwork, people identities, a collection, property rights, and so on (like how a ticket is proof of ownership of your seat at a concert).
An NFT is a digital certificate of asset ownership and can be bought or sold like any other item. If you purchase an NFT, you will get a ticket secured with blockchain technology, making you the owner of the asset.
Buying and Selling NFTs
Anyone can make, buy, or sell an NFT. It requires no prior consent and the digital assets are kept in an encrypted peer-to-peer system, making it extremely difficult for hackers to gain access to them.
To buy or sell an NFT, you need to install Metamask, Ethereum’s digital wallet. You can also use any other digital wallet. This particular wallet allows you to buy Ethereum, and use the cryptocurrency to then buy an NFT off of any marketplace, for example OpenSea, one of the biggest NFT marketplaces for artwork and such. You can also trade NFTs from crypto exchange Uniswap by connecting your Metamask account.
Creating an NFT
Whether it’s art, music, or experiences, you can tokenize anything your heart desires. Rarible is an affordable platform that is relatively easy to set up, and it links to OpenSea if someone searches the item. After it’s listed, you can find it on Rarible (or whatever platform you’ve used) or on OpenSea (or any other marketplace) by simply searching the name. If the NFT sells, the funds will transfer directly into your digital wallet, and you can use it to either buy other NFTs or cash out with an app like Coinbase.