The only change we have made is in the sheer number of listings we are doing per week now compared to then. We sell clothing and it's not even high end clothing, you can't get that stuff where we live. We continue to learn what kind of clothes we can find and sell from our area even if it's not for a great deal of money.
Even with growth of knowledge on low end clothing that is not enough to explain the abnormally strong sales as opposed to previous years. I have read other blogs and watched others sellers videos and have seen about a 50/50 opinion on whether the number of listings deeply affects sales.
Jay and Ryanne at Scavengerlife.com recently talked about having some really bad weeks of sales with nearly 4000 items listed but they had not listed in a while so it really leads to the conclusion that the number of listings you have may be less important than how often you introduce fresh product.
We have less than a quarter of their listings and sell our items for way less than they do and yet we exceeded their sales on the weeks they did not list so there may be some credence to that conclusion. They began to list again and their sales once again began to rise.
The biggest obstacle seems to be time. There are only so many hours in the day, so how many items can you list in a day? 10, 20, more ? The more you list the greater your return and that affords you more and more inventory to feed back into your business so your business would continue to grow until you simply reached your max time limit.
Well anyway that's my view on what's happening.
For week ending 5/14/2016 we sold 23 items for 536.00 with 790 items listed. We have had no returns for the last 2 months. Our return rate continues to run below 1% and that feels pretty good.