The world’s largest online marketplace has announced that they will be allowing the sale of NFTs.
eBay have announced that NFTs, or digital collectibles, are now permitted to be sold on their online marketplace. This is big news for the NFT community, as it signals a further shift towards the mainstream for the technology. eBay is the world’s number one destination for unique and hard-to-find items, and a haven for collectors, so it makes perfect sense for NFTs to be bought and sold on the platform. The news comes with a catch, though: at first, NFTs will only be permitted to be sold by “trusted sellers” who meet eBay’s standards. Though this will restrict the amount of sellers who can list their NFTs on the platform, it should ensure the launch goes smoothly and users experience no issues. Though NFTs are usually paid for with cryptocurrency, eBay currently offers no crypto payment functionality – however their acceptance of NFTs hints that this feature could be on the way.
Speaking about the integration of NFTs into the marketplace, a spokesperson for eBay said: “This is only the beginning. This initial rollout will help us learn more about what’s important to our community. Expect to see programs, policies and tools that will allow our audiences to buy and sell NFTs with greater ease and confidence, across a broader range of categories. In the coming months, eBay will add new capabilities that bring blockchain-driven collectibles to our platform. I’m looking forward to bringing on new creators to share their passions in ways we can’t even imagine yet. Together we will ensure eBay remains the preeminent marketplace for collectibles of all kinds and serves the next generation of collectors.”