Got mines. The pads are in good condition. Was hoping for a usb wire with them. ;(
I don't think I've argued that people break them on purpose... The controller is designed to be used by both wired and wireless, otherwise there wouldn't be a wired connector there (see Microsoft's guide for using it on a PC).
People do not break these on purpose, the proof is there. If you want to promote buying broken products for a cheap price, then that is fine. Everything has a price I suppose, however for me it is not a good buy. It is just a cheap buy, you are getting what you're paying for (nothing more). This is designed to be a wireless controller, which this product no longer is. So it is broken.. How they have soo many broken controllers with the same issue is the question? I've never heard of the wireless part of the controller breaking....
I see that it's your own experience, but having two break in the same way by the same children isn't really much evidence. Either way, having a cable in that you don't need to unplug is not going to be as bad as one you do unplug. They're really not renowned for this, as my point with millions of mobile devices, and it being designed as an improvement over mini-USB. You'll find tons of search results on pretty much anything possible when it's used by tens of millions of people, it doesn't mean it's common. Those people that encounter faults are going to be far more vocal than those that don't.
It's not nonsense at all, I have had 2 official controllers charging ports break. These are not even used daily, they are just used by children. So if they can break as easily as that, then a controller that would have to be used solely by that port would have a much higher chance of breaking. Which if that happened on these, they would be absolutely useless. I had to buy the charging dock that has the battery charger on the back of the battery packs, this was the only way to continue to use the said controllers (either that or use rechargeable batteries). As the official plug and charge kits use that particular port. Neither of those options would be available if there was no wireless facility, as your only option is to use a cable via the micro USB port. Micro USB cables are renown for breaking both the cable and the charging port. Search Xbox controller broken charging port on Google, you'll find tons of results. My point is completely from my own experience. If that port dies on one of these, then you have a paperweight shaped like a controller.