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Although NFT Floor Prices Have Dropped Due to the Crypto Crash, Overall Sales Have Increased

Although the value of Bored Apes, Moonbirds, and other prominent NFTs is declining, sales are increasing as purchasers appear to be snatching deals.

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The cryptocurrency market is down today—a lot down—with a 14 percent reduction in overall value over the last 24 hours, including a 16 percent drop in Bitcoin and an 18 percent drop in Ethereum.

The battered crypto market is also wreaking havoc on NFT collections, thanks in part to the decreasing ETH price. Surprisingly, NFT trading volume has increased dramatically in the last 24 hours, up 54% from the prior period, implying that collectors are taking advantage of decreased prices.

How much have so-called “blue chip” NFT collections shrunk as the crypto market has tanked? According to data from NFT Price Floor, the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club’s floor price—or the cost of the cheapest-available NFT listed on a secondary marketplace—has dropped to roughly $107,000, signifying a 16 percent reduction in the last day when measured in US dollars.

When measured in ETH, the loss isn’t as severe: the Bored Ape price floor has dropped about 11% to around 74.5 ETH. Despite this, the project’s value has plummeted in the last month and a half. On April 29, the cheapest Bored Ape was 152 ETH, which was around $429,000 at the moment.

Other high-end collections are also sliding today. The Mutant Ape Yacht Club has dropped 22% to around $20,100 (14 ETH), Moonbirds have down 16% to around $23,250 (16.2 ETH), Doodles have lost roughly 21% of their floor value to around $11,650 (8.1 ETH), and Meebits have dropped 27% to $4,050. (2.8 ETH).

While the NFT floor price list is mostly red today, trading volume on CryptoSlam’s list of top NFT projects is the polar opposite. Some collectors may be taking advantage of “cheap ETH” and decreasing valuations to purchase normally expensive NFTs at lower-than-normal prices.

Overall, the NFT market has seen a 54 percent rise in trade volume during the last 24 hours compared to the previous 24-hour window, according to the crypto analytics site. The day’s sales total approximately $39 million, which is lower than the daily amount recorded as recently as early May but higher than previous daily trading volume totals.

With $5.8 million in NFT sales in the last day, the Bored Ape Yacht Club is at the top of the list. The Mutant Apes are second with almost $2.8 million in NFT trades, and virtual land for the upcoming Otherside metaverse game is third with $2.3 million in trades in CryptoSlam’s top three.

NFTs are commonly used for digital commodities like as artwork, profile photographs, and sports and entertainment memorabilia, and they function as a deed of title to an object.

According to DappRadar statistics, the NFT market reached $25 billion in trade volume in 2021 and is on track to surpass that figure this year. OpenSea, the leading marketplace, had its single biggest day just over a month ago when it sold $476 million in Ethereum NFTs on May 1.

However, early last month, when crypto values began to fall, NFT trading volume plummeted, and the NFT market has been struggling ever since. Despite this, DappRadar recently revealed that the NFT market looks to be resilient—despite the fact that market instability has resulted in a slew of nihilistic, experimental enterprises such as Goblintown and ShitBeast.

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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs

A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.

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Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.

The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.

Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.

The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.

Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”

Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.

Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.

While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.

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Crypto-Vultures Profit from the Death of Queen Elizabeth

Only a few hours after the Queen’s passing, more than 40 meme tokens bearing her name have been released.

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Yesterday, according to Buckingham Palace, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away. Although her loss triggered a global outpouring of sympathy and grief, it has also been exploited as a money-grab.

Elizabeth II, monarch
Grift endures eternally, but the Queen is gone.

There are over 40 meme coins on Ethereum and the Binance Smart Chain thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s passing (and at least one exploitative NFT collection).

While the news of the British monarch’s demise saddened people worldwide, cryptocurrency scammers took advantage of the occasion to launch dozens of meme coins with Queen themes on Ethereum and Binance’s BNB Chain.

Among the new crypto coins that were introduced are “Queen Elizabeth Inu,” “Queen Doge,” “God Save The Queen,” “London Bridge Is Down,” “Queen Grow,” “Rip Queen Elizabeth,” “Elizabeth II,” and “Queen Inu II.” Other tokens with the name of the next king, King Charles III, have also appeared. According to DexScreener, at least 40 separate meme coins appear to have been produced in the previous six hours.

The most liquid tokens, Save The Queen and Queen Elizabeth Inu, have already processed trade volumes of around $700,000 and $200,000 since their debut. At the time of writing, the price of Queen Elizabeth Inu is up 1,517%, while it has increased by 23,271% on Binance Smart Chain and 3,708% on Uniswap. Prices are incredibly unstable and exceedingly unlikely to persist.

The “Queen Elizabeth 69 Years NFT” NFT set has reportedly been produced. One image is said to represent each year of the Queen’s reign in the collection. The project’s aims should be questioned because Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years, not 69.

The crypto community, typically known for its gallows humor, mainly reacted negatively to the initiatives. When told about the NFT collection, NFT aficionado ThreadGuy said, “You’re going to hell.” Trader Byzantine General declared, “We’ve got to stop this crypto stuff.”

In 1926, Queen Elizabeth was born. She was the longest-reigning British monarch in history and passed away in Balmoral Castle at 96.

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One crypto sector, according to billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya, is experiencing a classic bubble cycle

One crypto sector may be going through a typical hype cycle, according to billionaire investor and software entrepreneur Chamath Palihapitiya.

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In a new episode of the All-In podcast, the CEO of Social Capital discusses the sharp decline in trading volume in the non-fungible token (NFT) market.

Palihapitiya offers Coachella and Burning Man as examples of major music festivals that strive to be distinctive but may wind up being mostly the same.

The billionaire contrasts NFTs and the overall art market with the two music events.

“I do believe that there is something going on; the simplest way to explain this is with the Burning Man/Coachella scenario. Many of these things are similar, but when some people approach anything new, they are too insecure to accept that it is similar to another item, so they spend a lot of time attempting to convince you that it is different. When someone says that a time is different, it’s probably not that different, as stated in the Warren Buffett quote, is an example. Or consider the other famous historical adage, “Things don’t always repeat in history, but they rhyme.”

All of this is meant to imply that, aside from major advances in science, not much new has been discovered recently. We keep repeating the same patterns, and one of them is the social capital that comes from making certain decisions and then having those decisions validated by others in order to feel valuable. And this occurred in NFTs, as well as, I’m sure, in the initial stages of several artistic movements. These events are more comparable than dissimilar because they have presumably occurred in a number of other markets as well.

Burning man and Coachella are same. The art market and NFTs are both the same. It doesn’t need to be unusual; you can simply appreciate it because you think it’s cool. I would just take it with a grain of salt and tell anyone who comes to you asking why it’s so different.

DappRadar reports that earlier last week, trading volume on popular NFT marketplace OpenSea reached a one-year low.

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