Intentional misinterpretation is a key rhetorical strategy of sycophants and sock-puppets.I read the OP several times. I'm pretty sure the OP is saying collecting mats is just too hard. He specifically asks for a nerf (in caps). Please correct me if I misunderstood the OP.
Not intended as a personal attack on the OP or anybody else, but I would be too embarrassed to post on an internet forum that I found collecting engineering mats in ED just too darned hard. Yes the forum is anonymous, doesn't matter.
What is being discussed here is the imbalance of USS drops which make particular collections exceedingly difficult. This is implicitly acknowledged by said sychophants and sock-puppets when asserting material traders solves the problem.
One can hold that a rebalancing is in order as a legitimate topic touching upon game design and wasted play time.