I have noticed that the traffic reports have been suspicious for quite a while, maybe eBay is trying to rework some numbers or I suspect some data feeds that do not seem to work correctly at times.
As we work through all of these issues with problem buyers please do not forget to update the black list. It actually does work. A few weeks ago I received a message from a would be bidder that told me that they were having trouble entering their bid on one of my auctions. You guessed it! They were on the black list and I had added them to my blocked bidder list. Since eBay has taken the approach that sellers are defenseless in regard to bad buyer behavior the best way to defend ourselves is to have great intel.
I had significantly less traffic for the last two months. At first I thought it was due to fewer listings and different handling times...etc. I noticed the other day I still had super low numbers...even with a listing featured on Put This On. The 1000+ PTO hits are not even showing up at all.
I noticed that someone had added a buyer to the black list a few names after I had listed the same user. Be sure to cut and paste the list once a month or so to avoid any problems.