Do you though? Or is this just a straw man? Because it’s not a particularly good one.
Board games in general, especially ones under the Hasbro umbrella, are mass produced and warehoused for extensive periods of time.
Majority of the games the rules haven’t changed and the artwork has remained the same, for 50+ years. So there’s no new development process, no new licensing agreements, all they have to do is renew the patent every 10 or so years. Maybe even longer.
And board game prices have only increased over the century, for the exact same game your parents and grandparents played. That’s the equivalent of buying halo combat evolved at full retail price 50 years after the fact, not an anniversary edition not a new and improved graphics and new gameplay features, the original classic Xbox version for $60.
The only exception to that are the limited license and heirloom edition version which typically cost $40-$200 depending on which one. But the game is still the same, just a different aesthetic. Comparitively, your $20 is the equivalent of the F2P version of the game. Battle pass is like the Starwars edition or whatever. Shop is like the expensive heirloom edition.
Not to mention that you’re essentially paying $20 for some construction paper and a few scraps of aluminum. That some intern, as you put it, just submitted an order to a printing company and had it shipped out. It’s probably even been sitting in a warehouse for a few years so it isn’t even “new.” And if you’re cool with that, then that’s perfectly fine. That’s your prerogative and I’m not here to dispute that.
But don’t come in here and tell me that you value your money, and then openly admit that you’re willing to pay 3000% retail markup for a few bit of cardboard. And that’s the industry average for you just so you know.