While the short-term market outlook for many NFT projects look uncertain, and multiple new releases struggle to gain traction, one gardening-themed drop may have set some records by selling 8,888 mã thông báo không nấm (NFT) in just under an hour.

Nonfungible token studio Zenft released a line of 8,888 unique bonzai NFT plants that quickly sold out on Tuesday, with the studio selling each digital tree for 0.08 Ether (ETH), hoặc đại khái $220 tại thời điểm xuất bản. The bonsais have augmented reality/virtual reality functionality, and their 3D design is a step up from previous pixelated, 2D projects. The studio celebrated the nearly $2,000,000 sale with a tweet:

The success is somewhat of a surprise, given that NFTs remain mired in a slump following explosive growth earlier this year. New drops like Crypteriors struggle to sell out completely, making the one-hour mark a particular feat.

Tuy nhiên, some collectors suspect that the success may be due in part to clever marketing.

“I like the way they look but it feels like people are trying to recreate what happened with the Bored Apes money printing machine,” said one prominent collector who spoke to Cointelegraph on the condition of anonymity. “Been feeling a little exhausted seeing the space devolve into celeb pump and dump.”

Bored Ape Yacht Club, another recent success amid the market dip, managed to attract a fervent community in part on the back of outreach to prominent investors and collectors in the NFT space — and as one collector put it, where whales go, smaller collectors, or “plankton,” follow (sometimes to their detriment).

Trong một cuộc phỏng vấn với Cointelegraph, “8ncient Gardener,” one of the three Zenft “gardeners” (or developers), said that marketing played a role — 8ncient “took painstaking care around crafting our giveaways,” in particular — but ultimately, the quality of the art is what made the bonsais such a hit.

“I think our art speaks for itself quite honestly. And everyone can unify around a bonsai. We had Apes, Punks, Voxo, Sandbox, Camels — all these NFT factions all rallying around bonsai,”Anh ấy nói. “In a world of pixel art we made gorgeous 3D bonsai.”

The on-chain evidence is somewhat mixed. Hiện tại có 1,736 different holders of the nearly 9,000 bonsais, với hơn 22% of the supply concentrated in two NFT whale addresses. Từ đó, there’s a steep drop-off, Tuy nhiên, with a broad range of addresses holding smaller quantities of the bonsais.

While it’s impossible to tell the exact source of the success, Zenft “Grove Councilor” “Justsomebonzai” argued that the digital trees are ultimately spreading joy:

“People genuinely like Bonsai, they’re beautiful IRL and they’re beautiful as an NFT.”