Trading NFTokens on the XRP Ledger
You can transfer
NFToken objects between accounts on the XRP Ledger. You can offer to buy or sell a
NFToken, or accept offers from other accounts to buy a
NFToken you own. You can even give away a
NFToken by offering to sell it at a price of 0. All offers are created using NFTokenCreateOffer transaction.
(Added by the NonFungibleTokensV1_1 amendment.)
Every NFTokenOffer object requires that your account increase its owner reserve, currently 2 XRP per
NFTokenSellOffer and 2 XRP per
NFTokenBuyOffer. This is to prevent accounts from spamming the ledger with offers they don't intend to complete.
Create a Sell Offer
As the owner of a
NFToken object, you can create a sell offer using a NFTokenCreateOffer transaction with the
tfSellToken flag. You provide the
NFTokenID and the
Amount you are willing to accept in payment. You can optionally specify an
Expiration date, after which the offer is no longer valid, and a
Destination account, which is the only account that is allowed to buy the
Accept a Sell Offer
To buy a
NFToken that is offered for sale, you use a
NFTokenAcceptOffer transaction. You provide the owner account and specify the
NFTokenOfferID of the
NFTokenOffer object you choose to accept.
Create a Buy Offer
Any account can offer to buy a
NFToken. You can create a buy offer using NFTokenCreateOffer without the
tfSellToken flag. You provide the
NFTokenID, and the
Amount of your offer.
Accept a Buy Offer
NFTokenAcceptOffer transaction to transfer a
NFToken. Provide the
NFTokenOfferID and the owner account to complete the transaction.
When trading a
NFToken, you can choose between a direct transaction between a buyer and seller or a brokered transaction, where a third party account matches a sell and buy offer to arrange the trade.
Trading in direct mode gives the seller control over the transfer. The seller can either post a
NFToken for sale so that anyone can buy it, or sell a
NFToken to a specific account. The seller receives the entire price for the
In brokered mode, the seller allows a third party account to broker the sale of the
NFToken. The broker account collects a broker fee for the transfer at an agreed upon rate. This happens as one transaction, paying the broker and seller from the buyer’s funds without requiring an up front investment by the broker.
When to Use Brokered Mode
NFToken creator has the time and patience to seek out the right buyers, the creator keeps all proceeds from the sale. This works fine for a creator who sells few
NFToken objects at variable prices.
On the other hand, creators might not want to spend their time selling their creations when they could spend the time creating. Instead of handling each individual sale, the sales work can be turned over to a third-party broker account.
Using a broker offers several advantages. For example:
- The broker can act as an agent, working to maximize the selling price of the
NFToken. If the broker is paid a percentage of the sale price, the higher the price, the more the broker earns.
- The broker can act as a curator, organizing
NFTokenobjects based on a niche market, price point, or other criteria. This can attract groups of buyers who might not otherwise discover a creator’s work.
- The broker can act as a marketplace, similar to Opensea.io, to handle the auction process at the application layer.
Brokered Sale Workflows
In the most straightforward workflow, a creator mints a new
NFToken. The creator initiates a sell offer, entering the minimum acceptable sale price and setting the broker as the destination. Potential buyers make bids for the
NFToken, setting the broker as the destination for the bid. The broker selects a winning bid and completes the transaction, taking a broker’s fee. As a best practice, the broker then cancels any remaining buy offers for the
Another potential workflow would give the creator more control over the sale. In this workflow, the creator mints a new
NFToken. Bidders create their offers, setting the broker as the destination. The broker selects the winning bid, subtracts their broker fee, and uses
NFTokenCreateOffer to request that the creator sign off on the offer. The creator signs the requested offer, setting the broker as the destination. The broker completes the sale using
NFTokenAcceptOffer, retaining the broker fee. The broker cancels any remaining bids for the
The same workflows can be used when an owner resells a
NFToken created by another account.