Ok, so I know I am new at the hardware side of things but this one makes NO sense to me.
A buddy of mine at work insisted that they make 0 ohm resistors. I said "Of course they do. It is called wire and in comes in many sizes and colors." Then he pulls out the digikey catalog and shows me! He didn't know why and I can see why someone would spend almost a dollar on a 50mm length of wire when you can buy a 30m spool of 22 gauge for $15.
There has to be a reason someone would go the the expense of manufacturing these things. What am I missing?
I don't mind loosing beer bets (as I did on this) but there is NO WAY an entire industry is conspiring against me.