What are NFTs used for?
Artists and content creators have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to monetize 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 larger 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.
Making money using NFTs isn’t limited to art. To raise money for charity, companies like Charmin and Taco Bell have auctioned off themed NFT art. Taco Bell’s NFT art sold out in minutes, with the highest bids coming in at 1.5 wrapped ether (WETH)—equal to $3,723.83 at the time of writing. Charmin’s offering was dubbed “NFTP” (non-fungible toilet paper), and Taco Bell’s NFT art sold out in minutes, with the highest bids coming in at 1.5 wrapped ether (WETH)—equal to $3,723.83 at the time of writing.
How to buy NFTs
If you’re interested in starting your own NFT collection, you’ll need the following items:
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 Ether. 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.
When researching your alternatives, keep fees in mind. When you acquire crypto, most exchanges charge at least a portion of your transaction.
Should you buy NFTs?
Is it true that just because you can buy NFTs, you should? Yu says that depends.
“NFTs are dangerous since their future is unknown, and we don’t yet have enough data to gauge their performance,” she says. “Because NFTs are so new, it would be worth spending a little amount to test them out for the time being.”
Investing in NFTs, in other words, is essentially a personal decision. If you have some extra cash, it’s something to think about, especially if the artwork has sentimental value for you. However, keep in mind that the value of an NFT is solely determined by what someone else is prepared 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.
All of this means that you may be able to resell an NFT for less than you bought for it. If no one wants it, you might not be able to resell it at all. Capital gains taxes apply to NFTs, just like they do when you sell stocks at a profit. Because they’re considered collectibles, they may not qualify for the lower long-term capital gains rates that stocks do, and they may even be taxed at a higher collectibles rate, though the IRS hasn’t decided what NFTs are for tax purposes. Keep in mind that the cryptocurrencies you used to buy the NFT may be taxed if their value has increased since you bought them, so consult with a tax specialist before adding NFTs to your portfolio. That said, use NFTs like you would any other investment: do your homework, understand the risks (including the possibility of losing all of your money), and proceed with caution if you decide to invest.