What is your general (collective?) opinion on the benefit of hekhsherim. Ceteris paribus, you have two items one with and one without. Is it helpful to support the industry or do you think it is misguided?

The industry is corrupt and misleading.

If you have two of the same product, one with a hechsher and one without, there is no reason to purchase one over the other. (Assuming it’s a product that reading ingredients is enough to determine kashrus)