Would also want to know an official response about this. I usually respect high quality and works of astounding members of our community, and i encourage being featured across newsletters, social media etc, but sending the item to popular is not quite fair.
Just being added into an email campaign organized by Envato is quite a huge favor. We’ll also assume it’s a growth hack and/or strategy to reduce the price to half, that’s really ok too. But it’s not fair to send the item into popular. I strongly believe that these generated sales should not count for popular.
We all know what popular means and we all know what number 1 means into top sellers.
PS: I think bulk sales should in fact go into popular, as it is now. The fact that someone would think my item is that great and to bulk purchase, well, it’s flattering and well deserved.