OpenSea is ancient by NFT standards, having launched in 2017, and it’s also among the largest NFT marketplaces active today. It hosts many popular NFTs, including art, music, photography, trading cards and virtual worlds.
The core cryptocurrencies used on OpenSea are Ethereum, Solana, and USDC, and payment options feature other cryptos. Just note that you can’t use fiat currencies like AUD or US dollars.
On the bright side, OpenSea is very user-friendly for beginners. You can set up an account for free within minutes and start browsing NFTs immediately, and you can even create NFTs on their platform.
For costs, OpenSea charges a fee equal to 2.5% of every transaction. You must also pay the ‘gas fee’ for completing NFT transactions with Ethereum. Gas fees are the transaction fees paid to miners.
If you’re looking to avoid the gas fee, you can buy and sell NFTs with Polygon. But you’ll need to ensure that the NFT item of interest displays the Polygon logo.
In short, OpenSea is a solid choice for beginners looking to get started with a straightforward marketplace and who want as many options as possible for NFTs.
CoinSpot was founded as an Australian cryptocurrency exchange in 2013, and pivoted its offerings to include an in-platform NFT marketplace in March this year. To date, it has more than 30 different collections with more than 400,000 individual NFTs available to buy, sell and trade on its marketplace.
Speaking with Forbes Advisor, CoinSpot business development and partnerships executive Tim Wilks said that the company “undertakes a rigorous due diligence process to ensure all NFTs listed on the marketplace are legitimate and belong to verified collections”.
CoinSpot markets itself as the lowest fee NFT marketplace for Australians. On its website, it says it charges a flat service fee of 0.9%. A gas fee will also incur, depending on the market activity.
Wilks adds that, unlike other marketplaces, CoinSpot offers more than 350 cryptocurrencies for users to pay with. While CoinSpot does not (yet) offer credit or debit card payments, you can add Australian dollars from a card to your CoinSpot Wallet for a 2.58% transaction fee. There is then a 0.1% market fee when making market orders of cryptocurrency, and no fee for AUD withdrawals.
CoinSpot’s easy-to-use interface, extensive cryptocurrency choice and 24/7 customer support makes it the “ideal choice for Australians looking to access the NFT market”, Wilks says.
Rarible allows users to buy and sell art, collectibles, video game assets and NFTs. You can buy and deal on Rarible with Ethereum, Flow and Tezos.
Rarible charges a flat 2.5% fee on every transaction, plus any gas fees. One nice feature is you can buy NFTs using a credit card, allowing transactions in fiat currencies
An interesting aspect of Rarible: rather than having in-house management decide everything, Rarible created its own native token called RARI. The holders of RARI get to vote on company decisions like company policy changes.
In 2021, Rarible announced a partnership with Adobe to make it easier to verify and protect the metadata for digital content, including NFTs.
For those that want access to a large network with solid connections, Rarible could be the best NFT marketplace. At the same time, it also still follows a decentralised mindset.
NBA Top Shot
If you’re a major fan of US basketball, the NBA Top Shot marketplace lets you buy NFTs of great moments in basketball history.
You can buy video clips, play highlights and art for both the NBA and the WNBA. But some of these ‘Moments’ aren’t cheap. A LeBron James slam dunk video fetched $208,000 in February 2021.
The NBA built and manages this NFT marketplace, and they have exclusive rights to these video clips. Plus, you know you’re dealing with a large, reputable organisation.
The NBA Top Shot marketplace is one example of major companies getting on this trend. Others include the DraftKings Marketplace and the Associated Press’ NFT marketplace. Even GameStop plans to launch an NFT marketplace this year.
Users can purchase Moment NFTs with credit/debit cards or select cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, DAI or USDC. And of course, fees are added to the purchase price, whether you’re buying that iconic moment with a credit card or cryptocurrency.
A new player on the scene is Magic Eden, an NFT marketplace that was founded by three Australians only last year in 2021. Within nine months the Aussie tech minds had scored a $US1.6 billion valuation following a $130 million raise in a Series B round co-led by Electric Capital and Greylock Partners.
According to its website, Magic Eden currently has more than 8000 collections and a secondary trading volume of $1.9 billion. The marketplace is built on the Solana blockchain, and is reportedly the leading marketplace on Solana.
When choosing to purchase an NFT, Magic Eden users can connect their external crypto wallets. Initially Magic Eden only accepted those built on the Solana network; however, it has now opened up to Ethereum as well.
Magic Eden takes 2% on all transactions and honours the royalties set by NFT creators, which are charged to the buyer immediately upon purchase.
At the time of writing, minting of NFT collections is not possible for a general user on Magic Eden. Instead, if you are a creator and want to mint on the platform, you are required to submit an application to its ‘Launchpad’ program via the website.
Binance, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, added an NFT marketplace in 2021. The international crypto exchange is one of many other industry players entering the NFT sector, like Crypto.com NFT, which describes itself as a highly-curated NFP marketplace.
Binance NFT offers the typical digital assets found on other major platforms: artwork, gaming items, and collectibles.
A major advantage of Binance NFT is that it charges very low fees. The platform only deducts a 1% trading fee. It’s also a user-friendly platform built using similar technology and layouts as their exchange.
As such a large player in the crypto space, Binance also runs on its own blockchain, giving it an added advantage.
Nifty Gateway is known for hosting expensive and exclusive NFT sales, including digital artist Pak’s “The Merge,” which sold for $US91.8 million. It made headlines when the platform was acquired in late 2019 by Gemini, which is run by the Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.
This marketplace focuses on artwork, especially artwork from celebrities and top artists. To boost demand, Nifty Gateway uses an “open editions” system. When a new type of NFT comes out, you can only buy editions for just a limited time.
This marketplace does allow you to make purchases with your credit card. Nifty Gateway could be the way to go if you’re looking to make a large investment in NFTs and want access to higher-end options.
SuperRare is a high-end NFT art marketplace that positions itself in the NFT ecosystem as an art gallery. This marketplace doesn’t accept “meme style” NFTs, and is highly selective with NFT submissions.
Given that SuperRare spends so much time reviewing work before it’s available for sale, investors can feel more confident in the quality. For their services, SuperRate charges 15% the first time an NFT is sold on the primary market. There is also a flat 3% of every transaction, which the buyer pays.
SuperRare could be a good choice for someone looking for high-end NFT artwork, especially pieces with a more classical style.