I'm confused about the vitriol here.
Take a USB cable. It contains at least six different materials, all sourced
from different places, and possibly different countries. They get processed
into wire, sheathes, whatever form is necessary, and then shipped to a
facility. At the point, there are people or machines - but let's be honest
here, it's probably several people - assemble it all together into one
professional looking product. And then maybe they even test it.
After that, my order comes through, and someone processes that, grabs a
single cable, and puts it into a package (itself probably 4 materials), and
sends it on a truck. After that, it goes to a port, crosses an ocean, and
then onto another truck, sorting facility, smaller truck, and then finally
right to my front door.
The cable costs me 30 cents. Somebody is losing money here, and it's
certainly not me. This is a gravy train that has always been doomed to come to
an end at some point, and maybe that point is soon.