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OpenSea: As 2022 dawns, will January prove more profitable for Ethereum or Polygon

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December ended on a high note for OpenSea as both Ethereum and Polygon users recorded some impressive stats on the NFT marketplace. But now, as 2022 dawns, the crypto-market is in a state of bloodshed. NFT creators and traders both need to take a closer look at the data from Dune Analytics to see what the month might hold.

How are you “Dune” in Jan?

The market is barely 10 days into January, and most top cryptos are in the red. However, OpenSea has seen impressive momentum. If this goes on, there’s a good chance of January also setting some new records.

Issue 12 of the Dune Digest, and the first one for 2022, reported,

“Another encouraging stat is monthly active traders on Ethereum – which hit an all time high in December at 362,679. Even more bullish, active traders for January have almost hit half of that already (176,973), and we’re only one week in!”

As far as Polygon is concerned, Dune Digest noted that while there were December highs in terms of sold NFTs and volume, these did not necessarily translate to active users on Polygon.

Time for a pit stop

On 8 January, the average gas price on Ethereum was 121.24 Gwei. So far, the first few days of January have seen gas fees shooting back up into the three-digit range while December saw gas rates below 100 gwei for a number of days.

There is a high chance this rise in fees could affect OpenSea stats for Ethereum in January.

Source: YCharts

A similar trend can be noted with Polygon. Average gas fees, which were largely below 200 gwei in December, have shot up above 400 gwei recently. If these rates continue in January, it seems unlikely for Polygon’s stats on OpenSea to match the sky-high milestones of December.

Notably, the last month of 2021 saw 1,998,459 NFTs sold, putting Polygon ahead of Ethereum in terms of the same metric.

Source: PolygonScan

Save the date for SOS

Those who love shopping on OpenSea received a pleasant surprise when they heard that OpenDAO would be airdropping 50% of its 100 trillion SOS tokens to those who had bought on OpenSea.

However, OpenDAO announced that the time limit to claim the tokens had been reduced – and would end on 12 January.

Those holding the mysterious SOS token or planning to claim it are well advised to mark the deadline and stay alert for updates after the red letter day.


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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