I'm sure this has been asked a dozen times, but I haven't been able to find a straight forward answer on it at all. I've heard a ridiculous answer of only 1/year and some who have 8-9 a year.
Currently reporting, updated 2/14, is 23 inquiries. In 2012 I opened 2 credit cards, 2 phone lines, and got a new apartment, which is where most of my inquiries came from.
9 of them are from 2011, 13 are from 2012, and one for my Sears card that I was approved for last month (2013).
(Employee of Sears, seems reasonable for the best credit limit that I have yet -- a whopping 2k.)
So, although all together on the last 2 years seems like a lot, do they really look back that far and consider that "too many"?