NFT Market Facing Persistent Selling Pressure

According to the data provided by the analytics platform NFTGo during the month of April, the market for nonfungible tokens (NFTs) has been regularly seeing a greater amount of selling pressure than purchasing. There were only 7,907 purchasers on April 26, although there were 8,641 vendors trying to sell their NFTs. On April 19, there were just 5,893 purchasers, which led to the market reaching its second-lowest point in the preceding year.

There were 18,495 buyers in the market on April 5, but there were also 36,423 sellers, and there hasn’t been a single day in April in which the number of buyers has outweighed the number of sellers. Even with the rise on April 5 to 18,495 buyers, the market still had 36,423 sellers. Those who have their sights set on selling their NFTs in the near future could find this consistent selling pressure to be reason for alarm.

NFT trade volumes on March 10 were between $68 million and $74 million before the collapse of the bank; nevertheless, they dropped to $36 million on March 12. In addition, between March 9 and March 11, there was a reduction of 27.9% in the number of daily sales of non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Twitter users have expressed their opinions on a wide variety of topics in response to the volatile circumstances in the NFT market. The co-founder of Canary Labs, Ovie Faruq, said in a tweet on April 26 that the NFT market is “not functioning” at the present time.

The amount of wash trading on the top six NFT markets increased to a total of $580 million in February, according to a research that was published by CoinGecko on March 20. This was the fourth consecutive month that wash trading increased. According to the findings of the research, the volume of the NFT marketplace increased by 126% from the previous month’s level of $250 million. The rise may be attributed to the general recovery of the market for non-traditional financial assets.

Despite the fact that the NFT market has been under pressure to sell during the month of April, it is important to keep in mind that the NFT market is still a relatively young and emerging business, and it is not unusual for the market to be volatile. Despite this, the consistent selling pressure may indicate to sellers that they need to change their pricing strategy or explore the possibility of hanging onto their NFTs for extended periods of time.


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Collector Accidentally Burns $200K CryptoPunk NFT

In a recent incident that left the NFT community stunned, NFT collector Brandon Riley accidentally burned a CryptoPunk NFT worth $200,000 by sending it to a burn address. Riley had purchased the coveted CryptoPunk #685 on March 13, paying 77 ETH in the hopes of holding onto it for the long term. However, in a bid to borrow some money against it using a technique called wrapping, he ended up losing the NFT forever.

CryptoPunks are among the most popular NFTs in the market and have gained a cult following in recent years. These 8-bit pixel art characters, created by Larva Labs, are unique digital assets that are stored on the Ethereum blockchain. Each CryptoPunk has its own distinct traits, making them highly sought after by collectors.

As a seasoned investor, Riley was well aware of the potential of NFTs and had invested heavily in them in the past. He knew the importance of procuring new NFTs before the crypto markets took off, especially during a bull market. In an attempt to maximize his investment, Riley decided to borrow some money against CryptoPunk #685 using the wrapping technique.

Wrapping involves creating a wrapped token that represents an NFT and can be used as collateral for loans. This technique is popular among NFT collectors who want to borrow against their holdings without selling them. However, the process can be confusing for beginners, and Riley made a fatal error by sending the NFT to a burn address.

A burn address is a special type of Ethereum address that has no private key and can’t be accessed by anyone. Any crypto asset sent to a burn address is effectively destroyed, and the asset cannot be recovered under any circumstances. In Riley’s case, the CryptoPunk #685 was sent to a burn address by mistake, permanently deleting it from circulation.

The incident has sparked a debate among the NFT community about the risks of borrowing against NFTs and the need for more education around wrapping techniques. While Riley’s mistake was a costly one, it serves as a cautionary tale for other NFT collectors who may be considering borrowing against their assets.

In conclusion, the accidental burning of CryptoPunk #685 by NFT collector Brandon Riley highlights the need for greater awareness around the risks involved in borrowing against NFTs. While NFTs have the potential to be highly lucrative investments, it’s important for collectors to educate themselves on the intricacies of the market and the various techniques used to maximize their returns.


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Top dogs: Newbie Shiba Inu bites back, gains 25% vs. Dogecoin in February

Shiba Inu (SHIB) is now the 13th-largest cryptocurrency with its market valuation sitting near $18 billion, right behind its rival meme-cryptocurrency Dogecoin (DOGE), worth roughly $20 billion.

But despite falling behind in ranks, SHIB’s price has outperformed DOGE in 2022. February has seen a sharp recovery for the SHIB/DOGE pair, in particular, rising by over 38% month-to-date (MTD).

As a result, Shiba Inu gained more than 50% MTD against the dollar versus Dogecoin’s 11%, as shown in the chart below.

SHIB/USDT vs. DOGE/USDT daily price performance. Source: TradingView

Most of the February’s — and, in fact, 2022’s — gains in the SHIB market surfaced on two dates: Feb. 6 and 7. SHIB’s price rose by a net 41% led by back-to-back optimistic updates in the Shiba Inu market compared to DOGE’s 12.5% gain.

Welly’s adoption, burn party, other bullish catalysts

Shiba Inu’s rally in February primarily came in the wake of multiple bullish catalysts, including merchant adoption, a token burning event, and the announcement of a layer-2 blockchain solution.

On Feb. 3, Welly’s — a fast-food chain selling burgers and french fries — announced a tie-up with Shiba Inu. In doing so, the firm decided to rebrand its stores to integrate Shiba Inu-themed products, including non-fungible tokens (NFTs) featuring their mascot dog’s imageries.

Welly’s customers will be able to buy their products using SHIB tokens while participating in their food chain’s expansion via Shiba Inu’s decentralized autonomous organization “Doggy DAO.” A day after the announcement, SHIB’s price rose by 7% to $0.00002219.

On Feb. 5, a day before the big Shiba Inu rally, crypto company Bigger Entertainment announced a massive “coin burn” involving SHIB tokens on Valentine’s Day, effectively removing 162 million SHIB from circulation. 

On the same day, Singaporean blockchain solutions firm Unification, which has previously worked with Amazon and Google, announced that it had been engaging with the Shiba Inu creators to develop a layer-2 solution called Shibarium, optimized for gaming.

In contrast, Dogecoin’s ecosystem stayed far from hype-building scenarios and traded, more or less‚ in sync with broader crypto market trends. Its last big update came on Jan. 14, when billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk announced that his electric vehicle manufacturing company, Tesla, would accept payments in DOGE.

DOGE rallied to as high as $0.2148 after the Tesla news on Jan. 14 but has since dropped to near $0.1500.

Next Shiba Inu hype in focus: metaverse

Unlike Dogecoin, Shiba Inu has been holding its recent gains. On Thursday, SHIB was trading merely 5% lower than its year-to-date high of $0.00003523 while eying a breakout above its interim resistance level of $0.00003331.

SHIB/USDT daily price chart. Source: TradingView

SHIB held its bullish bias as Shiba Inu creators announced on Wednesday that they would foray into the emerging metaverse sector. In doing so, they would enable users to buy plots on virtual lands. However, they did not disclose when they plan to launch the yet-to-be-named project.

The news also helped LEASH, a token that would enable users to purchase and auction lands inside the Shiba Inu metaverse, rally by 45% on Feb. 9. This also coincided with someone purchasing 3.4 trillion SHIB worth almost $116 million in a single sale.

But SHIB comes with its own set of risks. For starters, the token’s upside boom has done little in boosting its use case outside the cryptocurrency exchanges. For example, Cryptwerk, an online crypto directory, shows that only 618 merchants globally accept payments in SHIB. In comparison, more than 2,000 merchants have integrated DOGE into their checkout page.

Extreme price volatility also puts Shiba Inu at risk of facing massive pullbacks.

Related: Is Shiba Inu overheating after SHIB price gains 75% in two weeks?

SHIB’s recent history shows that it has corrected 80-90% during its previous two bearish cycles. As the token now eyes a decisive close above $0.00003331 to ensure its long-term bullish bias, a pullback of equal proportion could have it wipe 40% of its recent gains, with the next downside target sitting near $0.00002091.

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