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Is the NFT hype fizzling out or is there something else at play here

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Recently published report suggests a major downtrend in NFT sales. This led to calls of a worrying NFT market sentiment which are gradually being quashed after big performances recently.

Nonfungible published a report talking about the NFT market performance during the Q1 of 2022. The report has raised many eyebrows after being published, indicating a depleting culture of the NFTs.

The first quarter of 2022 has seen some worrying trends in the NFT market. There has been a 46% fall in the number of NFT sales. Moreover, the daily average sales have dropped to 19,000 per week, a 92% decline from a peak of about 225,000 in September 2021.

Source: Nonfungible

There has also been a near 30% drop in buyers for the NFT which is attributed to two reasons. The number of active traders has plummeted from almost a million accounts towards end of 2021 to about 491,000, as reported by NBC. With the flood of supply, there are about five NFTs for every buyer as per Chainalysis. The lack of scarcity, it seems, contributed to the downfall of NFTs.

Source: Nonfungible

Another developing trend is the 50% increase in total losses upon resell. One of the infamous examples is the attempted sale for an NFT of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet. He paid a reported $2.9 million in March 2021 for it and expected the resale to touch around $25 million. But, with a top bid of $6800, his efforts to sell it have run aground.

But what about this data?

The Non-Fungible report suggested a scathing review of the NFT marketplace in Q1 of 2022. But latest data acquired from CryptoSlam, indicates a different trend for NFT performance as we enter May 2022.

In the previous 30 days, several leading blockchains have handled astronomical NFT sales volume. Ethereum is the leading blockchain, with Solana a distant second followed by Flow, Polygon and Avalanche.

Ethereum recorded a 66% growth in NFT sales standing at $3.9 billion. Much of it is formed by the “Otherdeed” and “Moonbirds” collections with their total sales valued at $1.3 billion. Solana accumulated a sales volume of $325 million after a 50% surge. The leading NFTs on this network are “Okay Bears” and “DeGods” valued at around $100 million.

Finally, the NFT global index by sales volume increased by 60% to $4.44 billion. The NFT market did drop towards the beginning of the year but is slowly gathering pace as the numbers indicate here.


Kanav is a journalist at AMBCrypto. He has a Masters in Media and International Conflict and is interested in areas of digital society, crypto developments in the political sphere and the socio-cultural impact of a crypto-society.
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