That is pretty ridiculous, sounds lawsuit worthy to me..... but hey what do I know I'm just a guy that lifts and have seen lots of bumpers survive much worse than what your ongoing saga has been and for much longer. A few months of use is ridiculous, what exactly were they making bumpers for, maybe for globo gyms where you can't drop the weights, but the gym can say they have bumpers?
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
Pain is your companion, don't go hide from it."