Vintage electronic components become obsolete and are tossed into the recycle bin. One bad part on a circuit board results in the entire board being tossed aside. Perfectly good electronic components are sent to the dump before their time is up. Sad, scared and all alone, how will these components survive?
Later dude, I'm gonna go home and watch the chip? Ha! Not so easy to forget the tube is it?
Hurry, I hear the recycling truck down the street!
So they build a factory to clone themselves and avoid the torture of being picked apart by the recycler.