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How to sell an NFT using OpenSea

How to sell an NFT using OpenSea

How to Sell an NFT using OpenSea

Selling an NFT using OpenSea is simple and user-friendly. Anyone who owns an NFT can list it for sale, whether that’s the creator of the NFT or the person who most recently collected it. Creators and collectors have two main ways to sell using OpenSea: via fixed price sale and in a timed auction.  You can also sell NFTs inbundles. Buyers pay gas fees when purchasing a fixed-price item, sellers pay gas fees when accepting offers in an auction, and OpenSea receives 2.5% of the sale price of your NFT.

What is an NFT?

An NFT (non-fungible token) is a unique digital item stored on a blockchain. NFTs can represent almost anything, and serve as a digital record of ownership. 

To sell an NFT using OpenSea you’ll need a few things: an OpenSea account, a crypto wallet, and something really awesome to sell. It’s up to you to decide what that awesome thing will be. 

Your NFT will consist of two things: a piece of media (like an image or video), and what that media represents. For example, 3D digital art that represents ownership of that art, interactive media that represents digital land you own, or an image of a card that represents membership to an exclusive club.

Who can sell an NFT?

Selling NFTs isn’t just for the people who create them. An NFT can also be sold by the collector who bought or received it from the original creator, or the collector who bought or received it from the previous collector, and so on and so on. Whoever currently owns the NFT can sell it.

What are the different processes for selling NFTs using OpenSea?

There are a few methods you can use to sell your NFTs using OpenSea. You can sell your NFT for a fixed price and allow buyers to purchase it outright, or you can list it for auction. There are two types of timed auctions: the English auction, and the Dutch auction. You can also bundle your NFTs.

Fixed price sales allow sellers to define exactly how much they want to sell the item for, and auctions provide sellers with the potential for a higher selling price based on how the market perceives your NFT. Think of it like any other auction: there is risk and reward associated with letting your bidders define the price of an item.

Which of the OpenSea compatible chains currently support auctions?

Currently, Ethereum, Polygon, and Arbitrum all support auctions. 

What’s the difference between an English auction and a Dutch auction?

English auctions

An English auction is also called a “Sell to the highest bidder” auction. In an English auction, if the auction finishes above 1 ETH, you will not pay the gas fee. Bidding on an English auction is similar to making an offer on a fixed price listing because the seller can choose to accept a bid at any time. If the seller accepts a bid, rather than letting the auction complete on its own terms, the seller will pay the gas fee.

Some of the fine print: Bids must be 5% higher than the previous offer. Also, a seller can cancel an auction at any time if they want to end it, but heads up, they will incur a gas fee.

Sellers can also set a reserve price. This allows the auction to end without a sale if no bidders meet said price. If the auction meets the reserve price (a minimum of 1 ETH for Ethereum), the seller does not pay the gas fee. If the auction doesn’t meet the 1 ETH price, the bids will still be available so the seller can accept them. If they want, the seller can choose to accept a price below the reserve price but they’ll need to pay the gas fees.

This is only the case for auctions on Ethereum, though, as this 1 ETH minimum restriction doesn’t apply to auctions on Polygon. 

Any bids made in the final 10 minutes of the auction will extend the auction time by an additional 10 minutes. If a bidder cancels the top bid, that action will also automatically extend the auction by another 10 minutes. 

You may be wondering if these 10 minute extensions can go on forever, but don’t worry, they can’t. The longest this can extend an auction is by one week.

Dutch auctions

In a Dutch auction, the NFT’s price starts at an amount set by the seller and begins declining over the auction time, closing with an amount also set by the seller. The seller sets the number of days the auction will run. Buyers in a Dutch auction can purchase the item at the current price during the auction or also make offers at any time, and the seller can accept any of the bids that come in.

Who decides the payment tokens an NFT can be purchased with?

When a creator makes a collection on OpenSea, they decide which payment tokens can be used when selling items in that collection. On future sales (after the initial creator’s sale), the new seller can decide which of the creator-chosen tokens to list their NFT in. The buyer must use the token dictated by the seller when purchasing that NFT, or they can submit an offer in WETH

What is a bundle?

You can also sell your NFTs in a bundle. Bundles allow sellers to group several items for sale at a single price. They’re often used for gaming, music, and photography. 

Can someone make an offer on an NFT that’s not for sale?

Yes! Buyers can bid on NFTs even if they aren’t for sale, and sellers can choose to accept or ignore them. If you have your email connected to your OpenSea account, you’ll get an email notification that someone has made an offer on your item.

How do I list an NFT for sale using OpenSea? 

On OpenSea, navigate to the top right of the page and click your Profile icon. Select the NFT you would like to sell from your wallet. 

On the top right of the item page, click Sell.

Choose the type of sale and the price. In a Fixed Price sale, the seller establishes the NFT price. 

Set a duration for the sale by choosing a default duration or setting a custom duration using the calendar.

Lastly, you can choose to reserve the item for a specific buyer. To do so, open the More Options section and enter their wallet address into the Reserve for specific buyer field.

In all those options, you’ll see the potential fees from the sale listed at the bottom. In this case, this sale includes OpenSea’s Service Fee of 2.5% and Creator Earnings of 3%, for a total of 5.5%.

What fees are associated with selling NFTs using OpenSea?

Any transaction, including sales, typically include gas fees, creator earnings, and a marketplace fee. Sellers pay gas fees when accepting offers. Creator earnings are set by the creator of the NFT and taken out of the sale amount the seller receives. OpenSea’s fees are simple and straightforward: OpenSea receives 2.5% of the sale price of your NFT. 

What are Creator Fees?

Creators can set a collection-level fee of up to 10% which allows them to earn money every time their NFT is sold, even after it’s owned by other collectors. Creators can modify this fee at any point. The creator fee is taken out of the sale amount the seller receives. 

Why should I sell my NFTs using OpenSea?

At OpenSea, we offer a variety of ways to keep costs to a minimum while selling your NFTs. The new protocol for buying and selling NFTs using OpenSea, Seaport, significantly lowers gas fees. You can save an estimated 35% in gas fees for transactions using Seaport. It also eliminates the one-time setup fee to use our marketplace. And because OpenSea is compatible with Ethereum, Polygon, Klaytn, Arbitrum, Optimism, Avalanche, BNB Chain, and Solana, you have 6 blockchains with varying gas fees to choose from. OpenSea is the largest and most diverse NFT marketplace, and we’re proud to continue to offer users the best NFT buying and selling experience in web3.

🧠 Q&A

How should I price my NFTs?

Before you set the fixed price or auction of your NFTs, research other similar projects to see what their floor prices are, connect with your community online, get a sense of the appetite for what you’re selling, and use other analytics tools to help guide you to finding the right price. OpenSea will also prompt you via pop up asking you to confirm if you create a listing far below the floor price. This can help you catch any misplaced decimals or an extra 0 you might have missed!

What can I sell as an NFT?

Almost anything! An NFT is a digital representation of something, whether that something is intellectual property, membership to a group or club, artwork that represents access to the metaverse, or something else!

What is OpenRarity?

OpenRarity is a new rarity protocol built by the NFT community for the NFT community. OpenRarity is a community-built project that aims to provide a transparent, mathematically sound rarity calculation that is entirely open-source and reproducible by anyone. The goal is to bring more transparency to a previously opaque and confusing space. OpenRarity is an open collaboration between Curio, (QuickNode), OpenSea, PROOF and has been vetted with creator teams representing several top-100 collections by volume.

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