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Smaller NFTs are getting ‘obliterated’ amid crypto crash, expert says

As NFT sales have plunged overall this year, smaller, lesser known NFTs are getting crushed, while bigger brand names are holding up a bit better.

“What we're seeing in this market right now with NFTs is all of these small projects, ones that don't have a very strong roadmap, and I would say direction, just completely get obliterated,” Gannon Breslin, founder and chief executive of The Drop, an NFT newsletter, told Yahoo Finance Live. “And we're seeing a consolidation into the really well-known big brand names, like Bored Ape Yacht Club, Doodles, et cetera.”

Breslin said there is also a “bathtub effect” happening, when a large NFT is put on sale in the market, other large projects fall in price because investors are selling those NFT positions to free up currency to buy the new NFT.

“It is real,” he said, “but it's not as bad as it looks because some of these floors are still holding strong.”

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A sign saying "NFT FOR SALE HERE," is seen in a small storefront that hosts digital art collecting platform Neon’s first in-person non-fungible token (NFT) vending machine in Lower Manhattan's financial district of New York City, U.S., March 1, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Breslin pointed to a recent project called Moonbirds that dropped nearly 50%.

“That's a significant drop...but, it's not zero,” Breslin said. “We saw this meteoric rise in NFTs so quickly. It's not a complete dropoff, but people are a little nervous.”

Breslin is looking to NFT events in coming weeks and months, including VeeCon, Ape Fest, and NFT New York City to see if appetite for NFTs picks up with those events. Breslin said he believes the real value of NFTs will be by functioning as passes or membership clubs. He pointed to an example where NFT holders of the Bored Ape Yacht Club can attend a special three-day event called Ape Fest at NFT NYC.

“I think it's the true utility behind projects being delivered to NFT holders,” he said. “Obviously, we have the art and the brand ability. You're seeing people create restaurants out of Bored Apes and stuff like that. Bored and Hungry, it's in California.”

When it comes to NFT platforms, Breslin said NFT marketplace OpenSea still has a lock as the leading NFT marketplace even as heavy hitters like U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase enter the fray. Coinbase launched its NFT marketplace this spring, and cryptocurrency exchange Binance has an NFT marketplace as well.

“OpenSea is by far the market leader there,” he said, “and they're holding on to that lead.”

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Jennifer Schonberger covers cryptocurrencies and policy for Yahoo Finance. Follow her at @Jenniferisms.

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