NFTs Going Mainstream

Looking for a Bored Ape but don’t have any crypto? No problem… fiat currency is gladly accepted. OpenSea, one of the biggest and most popular NFT marketplaces, will soon let you buy and sell your NFTs with credit cards, debit cards, or Apple Pay. MoonPay, a fintech infrastructure company, will provide the tech.

Soooo… crypto schmypto. For those keeping score, accepting fiat currency through a payment gateway is about as centralized a strategy as one can imagine. Welcome to OpenSea: a pure Web2 platform. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, except… it is the farthest thing from the “spirit of crypto” and there’s no clear path to Web3. Will anyone care?

The upside: OpenSea just expanded its potential customer base to anyone with a credit or debit card. The downside: Um… there is no downside.

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit



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