Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is reportedly preparing to enter the world of non-fungible tokens (NFT) with the launch of its own Marketplace, reportedly scheduled for April 24th.
According to Yahoo Finance, the new ‘Amazon NFT Marketplace’ or ‘Amazon Digital Marketplace’ will offer 15 NFT collections that will initially be available to customers in the United States. The company is expected to expand the service to other countries in the future.
The reports of this new interest in NFTs started circulating in January. This new development would put a date to the rumor. The idea does not seem so far-fetched, considering that Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in April 2022 that the company was open to selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) “in the distant future.”
What Will The Amazon NFT Marketplace Bring?
One of the most interesting features of this Marketplace is the option to link NFTs with physical goods delivered to the users’ doorsteps. Collectors can use their credit cards to purchase NFTs and receive their products at home, just like a regular purchase.
The initiative aims to simplify NFT purchases and eliminate the natural complexities of the crypto world, allowing users to experiment with the technology without understanding its mechanics.
An anonymous source from Amazon interviewed by Blockworks stated that the retail giant can onboard millions of users without educating them on topics like self-custody or setting up a MetaMask wallet.
Per the reports, Amazon has contacted several Layer 1 blockchains, gaming companies, blockchain companies, and other businesses to collaborate on this project. They have also hired more staff and plan to employ various developers with proven expertise in Web3.
NFTs Are Now Mainstream
As reported by CryptoPotato, more and more giants from different industries are turning to NFTs to boost their sales. From sportswear companies like Adidas, Puma, and Nike to luxury fashion companies like Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci, they have all launched their NFT collections to stay competitive in an industry that demands innovation.
According to Dune Analytics, Nike is the company that has benefited the most from the sale of NFTs, earning nearly $186 million in revenue, followed by Dolce & Gabbana with $23.6 million.
Although these figures may represent a small amount of money compared to the sums earned by both companies, they demonstrate that it is a growing niche that can be profitable if appropriately leveraged.
Therefore, Amazon’s initiative could take NFT adoption to another level. The company has a massive subscriber base of approximately 167 million users to its Prime service, who will be the first to receive information about the Marketplace launch directly from the company.
How Does it Compare to OpenSea?
OpenSea is currently the second-largest NFT marketplace; even though Blur recently took its spot, the “OG” NFT marketplace accounts for over $3 billion in sales since its launch in 2017. The platform allows anyone to create, sell, and discover NFTs. Besides Blur, the platform competes with other marketplaces, including Nifty Gateway, Rarible, and SuperRare.
Amazon’s NFT Marketplace aims to simplify the NFT purchasing process and offer users a seamless experience. However, it remains to be seen how the new Marketplace will compare to existing platforms like OpenSea in terms of functionality, user experience, and sales volume.
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