Given that Ethereum accounts for 80–90 percent of NFT sales, there is undoubtedly a sizable sum dedicated to covering NFT gas fees. Gas prices will continue to climb as more creators embrace Ethereum for NFTs or anything else.
Because gas fees are the most expensive portion of many NFT transactions, it’s critical to understand what they are and why they matter. A transaction on Ethereum is effectively costed in gas fees.
Before a transaction is authorised and added to the blockchain, it must be confirmed via a Proof-of-Work consensus. In order to potentially authorise a series of transactions, Ethereum miners must spend a large amount of processing power to solve complex mathematical equations (called a block). However, in exchange for a higher gas cost allocation, transactions might be prioritised for speed.
The transaction with the highest paying gas fee will be validated first by Ethereum miners. Low gas fees may be approved, but they will likely take far longer than a higher gas fee.
As a result, gas fees will continue to rise as more Ethereum users employ any DeFi solutions on the platform. This is the same as the fundamental supply and demand function. When the supply of transactions grows faster than the demand (mining power), mining power (gas fees) becomes more valuable and more expensive.
One of the best ways to avoid ludicrously high gas prices is by using Ethereum sidechain technologies, or simply using other NFT-appropriate blockchains.