Yeah.. I've had that and this one
on my ebay watch list for quite a while now. Had the $8 one on there too before it disappeared. I'll end up going with one of those eventually if no one bites. I'd rather not though. Even though it's a third party controller of dubious quality, it is still a brand new product for a system that has become pretty damned obscure. It just feels wrong to do it. Though if they're actually still in production, as you say, I suppose I'd feel less terrible about it. Still, I'd rather make use of a broken controller that would otherwise be heading for a landfill and give it a new life.
It kind of goes back to my modding history. I come from the communities of people who make handheld/portable versions of game consoles. For many years, the best quality, and cheapest LCD screen we could find to use was the PSOne LCD. You know, this one
, from the re-released Playstation. And now, they've become scarce. Video game collectors really hate us for it. And I kind of feel ashamed myself. Heck, some newbie modders STILL use them, since there's a lot of documentation for them online after so many of us used them. Even though there are tons of nice cheap LCDs on ebay these days.