It's the very fact that it's not a $35,000 car that makes the camera more of a disposable/replaceable item. However, for a camera it is expensive, and as such should be able to perform basic tasks like isolating the meter from ambient light.
And the reason I have a different view is that people are seeing these things as so "disposable". That's not good for the world. This camera came from somewhere.
So it had a problem, which someone said they would fix. What's the difference between a camera which is fixed and a camera which was working as it should day one? Nothing. The only difference is in your mind - and especially since it's such a very very minor point.
I disagree with you on this point.
First, if for no other reason, a repair will almost certainly create cosmetic damage to the camera. I'm not saying that cosmetic damage is a big issue, especially considering that it'll pick up blemishes on it as we use it.
But would you pay $3500 for a brand-new camera with cosmetic damage when you can buy one without cosmetic damage? Part of the joy of buying a new product is enjoying it in its brand-new, mint, pristine state.
On a more serious note, a repair creates opportunities for other problems to develop. Products can be mishandled by a careless technician, installed incorrectly, and so on. Why on Earth would you even subject your $3500 device to that scenario when you have the opportunity (and the right) to return it and buy a product that is manufactured without the defect?
I guess I hate the waste culture that has come about in the last 50 years especially. I've been to the slums of Kenya and I suppose my view of the world is different to many. I don't stop myself getting things I need or want, but I certainly wouldn't waste something for what I see as no good reason.
YMMV of course. I doubt we'd ever agree on this point.
The waste culture here is Canon's. This is a problem they should have fixed long before releasing this camera to the public. An ounce of prevention is worse a pound of cure. A stitch in time saves nine. They probably knew of this problem but let it go, and they got burned for it. I'm glad they're addressing it, however.