In today’s NFT landscape, the average user is quickly losing their ability to participate fairly in the ecosystem.
They’re fighting an uphill battle against wealthier, more tech-savvy participants, who often abuse the system. This is often done by front-running sales using bots, out-bidding other users on gas fees, or a combination of both. To make matters even worse, Ethereum network fees are beginning to price-out the average user completely, making the simplest transaction unsustainably expensive.
[Drops](http://dropsbynode.space/) is attempting to level the playing field once and for all within the NFT market, to create a system for a fair distribution of digital art. This includes a unique artwork launch mechanism using raffles, as well as layer-two scaling to eliminate gas fees.
Let’s take a look at some of the current NFT platform issues we face today, and how Drops is providing solutions.
## Front-running transactions
**Problem:** On several existing NFT platforms, limited edition releases and other NFT artworks are often front-run by bots who beat regular users in making a purchase. The average user is also commonly out-bidded on gas fees, giving them a very low chance of making a successful purchase.
**Solution**: Drops uses a new [fair-distribution model](http://dropsannouncement.space/) for all new artwork releases (also called “drops”), via a unique raffle ticketing system.
Users can view the digital artworks on offer before the sale takes place, however in order to participate they’ll need to purchase a raffle ticket. These tickets are sold for a limited time, with each successive ticket being marginally more expensive.
Once the ticket sale has concluded, users can use their ticket to redeem a randomly-selected NFT from the collection. Each ticket will have exactly the same chance of redeeming even the highest-valued artwork in the collection, levelling the playing field for all participants in the raffle.
Unsold or unclaimed artworks will be ...