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Buying & Selling Nfts

Using a Web3 Wallet | Minting & Selling NFTs | Buying NFTs | About NFTs | FAQs

Using a Web3 Wallet

Once you create your member account, you’ll want to make sure you have a Web3 wallet that will allow you to sign, accept and pay for transactions. We recommend installing MetaMask wallet, a popular free download. NOTE: MetaMask works best on Chrome browser.

When your wallet app is installed, and you have created a blockchain account, you will see your wallet active in the top-right corner of your screen.

Any transaction (buy/sell/pay) requires your wallet to sign and authenticate the transaction. Our site will automatically activate your wallet window when its time to sign or pay. You save time and reduce the amount of times you have to authenticate by syncing your wallet to your profile in the Settings Tab.

Minting & Selling NFTs

“Minting” an NFT is the process of publishing it on a public blockchain using a smart contract. Our website allows you to use our contract and public storage accounts for a small fee and requires very little tech knowledge to use! All you need is a piece of digital art.

Step 1) Log in to your account, go to the NFTs tab, and interact with the “Publish NFT” button.

Step 2) Fill out your artwork’s details, upload the image file, and select your blockchain. You can also request to have your artwork curated into one of our 3D interactive art galleries.

Step 3) Press the “Mint Artwork” button to publish your artwork on the blockchain. Be sure to STAY THERE! Your transaction will be signed, approved and confirmed using your wallet which will open automatically.

Step 4) Verify your blockchain receipt and press “Publish” to add your artwork to our store.

Buying & Authenticating NFTs

You can purchase any NFT for sale in our NFT Stores and 3D Galleries using your Web3 wallet and either Ethereum ETH or Polygon MATIC. We recommend purchasing crypto currency on a known exchange like or CoinBase.

Step 1) Make sure you have the proper coin balance in your wallet, and press “Purchase” on any available art piece in our NFT Store or 3D gallery rooms.

Step 2) Our store will automatically interact with your wallet to authenticate the purchase and collect the payment.

Step 3) Verify your purchase at any time by entering your purchase transaction ID (TXN) by using a blockchain scanner like Etherscan or PolygonScan.

Step 4) You can view your NFTs by using a Portfolio Dapp or scanner site. We recommend:

What are NFTs?

NFT stands for non-fungible token. NFTs prove ownership of a unique digital asset like art, music, collectibles, videos or anything else using blockchain technology.

When you buy an NFT you are not necessarily buying an item itself; NFTs are like a signature for digital items. They authenticate ownership of digital assets like art, collectibles, music, videos, virtual clothing, and more. Just like physical certificates, they document:

  • What it is
  • Who created it
  • When it was created
  • Who bought it (how much and when)
  • Who owns it now

NFTs often also contain meta data that gives specific details about the art, collectible, music or utility.

All of this is public via a blockchain, so anyone can trace each of your NFTs from the original creator all the way to your wallet—and verify its authenticity.

What are Blockchains?

A blockchain is a network of computers that track transactions in their network and generate a giant ledger of who owns what (and how much of it).

Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data. The timestamp proves that the transaction data existed when the block was created.

Since each block contains information about the previous block, they effectively form a chain, with each additional block linking to the ones before it.

Blockchain transactions are irreversible in that, once they are recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without altering all subsequent blocks.

Our NFTs are published on these blockchains:

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you charge?

  • TheShops.Market is FREE to join. We charge a 2% mint fee and a 15% sale fee for basic members in order to recoup costs. In some cases, gas costs are charged based on gas rates defined by the blockchain.

    For subscription members, we waive the mint fee and reduce the sale fee.

  • Can I make collections?

  • Right now, like most NFT marketplaces that provide the smart contract and IPFS storage, we require artists to mint NFTs one at a time. Artworks in our stores are grouped automatically by tagging.

    Future versions of the marketplace are planned to allow for importing, trading and creation of individual artist collections.

  • What are “mint” and “gas” fees?

  • “Minting” an NFT is the process of publishing artwork or media on a public blockchain using a smart contract. Our website allows you to use our contract and public storage accounts for a small fee.

    “Gas” fees are rates charged during blockchain transactions in order to fund mining hardware. It is essentially a fee or a tip for using the public blockchain network.

  • What browsers does MetaMask wallet work on?

  • MetaMask works best on Chrome, and on IOS and Android devices.

  • Does this work on mobile devices?

  • Yes (and no). 3D software and blockchain apps are still limited in what they let you do on mobile devices. Our shop works best on a tablet or larger device due to the nature of the apps.

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