A new vending machine has popped up in the Financial District in New York City. It doesn’t sell drinks or snacks but tiny boxes that contain unique QR codes to NFTs. The first NFT vending machine in New York (or perhaps in the world) stands at 29 John Street and is distinguished by its eye-catching neon design.
The vending machine was created by Neon NFT marketplace and gallery, and buyers can redeem their NFTs with the code on the Neon Platform. The NFTs are minted on the Solana blockchain.
Since not many Americans have digital wallets, NFTs can be purchased with USD credit or debit cards.
"Our goal is to support artists and creators by letting them sell digital art to everyone, and to help anyone who wants to become a collector. Giving people the choice to use vending machines and an easy online platform that decouples cryptocurrency from NFT participation means we can engage the widest possible audience. NFT buying and selling doesn’t need to be a mystery,”
Jordan Birnholtz, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of Neon, said on Timeout.
On the Flipside
NFTs are purely digital phenomena that only exist in the digital space. Therefore, some might question the necessity of NFT vending machines.