I'm starting to understand the eBay algorithms, I wonder if I can write a book and.... anyway. The last auction is still live, even with 3 of the bidders being scam artists. Instead of my auction being deleted, like the last few, the invalid bigs are being deleted.
The difference? I sent one email complaining that my winning bidder violated the terms of my auction and that I wanted him removed so I could issue Second Chances to those folks who didn't. While eBay responded to that, other bidders in my queue were deleted, but not the auction.
Keep your fingers crossed that one of the buyers still wants it! Second Chance #1 times out in a few days.