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Dear Bankless Nation,
In 2018, Uniswap pioneered the automated market maker (AMM) model that went on to popularize fungible token trading on Ethereum, which in turn helped to birth and fuel the rise of decentralized finance.
Fast forward to this week, and Uniswap just notably expanded into non-fungible token trading with the release of its new NFT marketplace aggregator system.
At a time when Apple is blocking NFT transactions on apps like Coinbase Wallet, Uniswap is now importantly a new open NFT store with powerful infra and a sleek user interface.
If you haven’t checked this UI flow out yet, no worries — let’s walk through the basics and big ideas you need to know for today’s post!
P.S. Uniswap Labs is the latest sponsor of Metaversal, though today’s post isn’t sponsored content. I independently pick and create every post, and in my estimation Uniswap NFT trading is simply the biggest news in NFTs right now!
In June 2022, Uniswap Labs — the builders behind Uniswap’s suite of products — acquired Genie, the first NFT marketplace aggregator, to absorb its infra.
“NFTs will be integrated into our products, starting with the Uniswap web app, where soon you’ll be able to buy and sell NFTs across all major marketplaces,” Uniswap Labs said at the time.
More recently, the team unveiled a new Universal Router system, allowing for multiple token swaps and NFT trades to occur within a single transaction.
This router advance paved the way for Uniswap’s new NFT infra to become even more efficient and flexible ahead of its launch, which finally occurred this week when Uniswap Labs rolled out the new NFT trading experience on the Uniswap frontend.
Out of the gate, Uniswap’s NFT aggregator supports trading across eight marketplaces: Foundation, Larva Labs, LooksRare, NFT20, NFTX, OpenSea, Sudoswap, and X2Y2.
Thanks to the aforementioned Universal Router system, Uniswap’s now positioned as the most gas-efficient NFT aggregator in the space, too, which should help many traders save on costs as they “sweep” multiple NFTs.
Did you trade NFTs on Genie right after reading my How to Sweep NFT Floors post in Bankless in February 2021?
Congrats! You should qualify for the USDC airdrop that Uniswap is conducting for historical Genie users, as the snapshot for the airdrop was taken on April 15th, 2022.
You can check your eligibility on app.uniswap.org, where claims will be open for the next year. Wallets that completed more than one transaction on Genie before the snapshot will receive 300 USDC, while Genie:Genesis NFT holders prior to the snapshot are eligible for 1,000 USDC.
Additionally, Uniswap is running a gas rebate program for the first 22,000 unique wallets that buy an NFT on Uniswap between now and December 14th, 2022.
These rebates will be claimable starting next month. Qualifying transactions that spend over 0.01Ξ on gas will receive a 0.01Ξ rebate, while transactions that spend less than 0.01Ξ on gas will have their total gas costs covered.
Trading fungible tokens on Uniswap is a straightforward experience, and the same’s now true for NFTs on Uniswap, too. Here’s how to buy or sell NFTs on Uniswap in five steps either way:
Go to app.uniswap.org/#/nfts and connect your wallet
Browse the trending collections or use the search bar to find a specific collections or NFTs of interest
Click on NFTs you want to add to your cart
Press the “Pay” to proceed and complete the buy with your wallet
Wait for the transaction to complete and that’s it! You can view your new NFT(s) right on Uniswap by clicking on your address/ENS name in the upper right corner of the page and then pressing the “View and Sell NFTs” button
Go to app.uniswap.org/#/nfts and connect your wallet
Click on your address/ENS name and press the “View and Sell NFTs” button
Select the NFTs you want to list for sale and then press the “Continue” button
Input the marketplaces you want to list on, the time duration of the listings, and your desired sell prices
Use your wallet to approve the collection(s) and confirm the listings, and you’ll be done! In the meantime simply wait to see if you get any bites
Uniswap has shown what transparency and openness can do in DeFi, and now the project is bringing that same values-based approach to the NFT ecosystem.
I and many others in crypto think this sort of openness is the way to better futures for apps and the peoples that use them, so it’s promising to see Uniswap advancing with NFTs in this way at a time when opaque corporate walled gardens like Apple are stymying access to NFTs.
Looking forward, it’ll be interesting to see how Uniswap’s NFT trading volume stats fare over the months ahead, yet for now only time will tell!
William M. Peaster is a professional writer and creator of Metaversal—a Bankless newsletter focused on the emergence of NFTs in the cryptoeconomy. He’s also recently been contributing content to Bankless, JPG, and beyond!
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