What is a Gas Fee?

Updated: Jan 14

You've no doubt been seeing loads of communication recently on the Blockchain, Bitcoin, Ethereum and NFTs. Like many others, you've started browsing OpenSea, searching for an NFT - your very own digital object to show off the next time you've run out of things to say on a date (don't do this).


After hours of searching, you find the one...


Ah, finally! You think to yourself.


This NFT is perfect. It's cool, it's animated, and it's only 0.0001 ETH. What a bargain!


You begin the transaction only to be stopped by a prompt to pay $180 in Gas Fees.


What?? That's almost 4,000% more than the actual price of the NFT!


You'll no doubt feel frustrated at this point. Why didn't anyone tell me about this sooner?


What the heck is a Gas Fee!?


Very simply, a Gas Fee is an amount paid by users to compensate for the computing power required to run a transaction on a blockchain. Think of it like a tax, the blockchain being a paved road and the Gas Fee being the tax you pay on the gasoline which goes into the truck to make a delivery.


The issue with Gas Fees is that they squash the potential for early adoption.


They aren't a problem if you're buying an NFT worth hundreds of thousands of dollars - they're simply a small percentage lumped on top. But when it comes to NFTs between $1-$10 (the range that most first-time buyers will stick to), the Gas Fee becomes thousands of percentage points higher than the actual value of the NFT itself.


There are ways around this!


Stay tuned to find out how you can get into the NFT market without paying Gas Fees.