Ether reverses to deflationary mode, driven by increased NFT sales


  • Ether becomes illiquid again, fueled by a surge in NFT sales.
  • NFT transactions account for over one-fourth of the ether consumed in the last seven days.
  • Over the last week, NFT sales volume increased by more than 5% to $242 million on the Ethereum network.

According to data from, the yearly inflation rate for ether has decreased to -0.07%, which means that more ether is being created. “A market analyst at digital broker GlobalBlock, Marcus Sotirou, linked the recent jump in either cryptocurrency to a rise in NFT purchases fueled by an optimistic mood in the larger crypto market,” Sotirou said. 

In the last seven days, more than 14,700 ETH,, or almost $24 million, have been burned. Already, 3,400 ETH have been lost due to NFT trading. 

As per the, “NFT marketplace OpenSea is the platform that consumed the most gas over seven and thirty days.”

Moreover, data from Cryptoaslam shows that over the last week, NFT sales volume increased by over 5% to $242 million, with the Ethereum network accounting for $195 million, or 80%, of that total.

According to Soltirou, when more NFT sales occur on Ethereum, more transactions will happen, and more ETH will be burned. 

The Ethereum Merge, which replaced the platform’s proof-of-work (PoW) protocol with a proof-of-stake (POS) protocol that uses less energy last autumn, was generally anticipated to drive down the price of ether. 

Also contributing to Ether’s inflation rate is Ethereum Improvement Proposal (EIP)-1559, which extinguishes transaction fees by burning them. As more transactions are made on the blockchain, ether is burned via EIP-1559.

Amidst the market volatility caused by the implosion of the crypto exchange FTX in November, ETH became deflationary. However, as the crypto market remained in the doldrums, ETH became inflationary.