My name is Michael, I’m a Guru here with Shopify, thanks for getting in touch. :)
I can definitely appreciate your feelings on this issue John, you're in luck however as we have a handy app from our App Store that will allow you to set up simpler SKU based CSV files. It comes highly rated and there is a free trial with that app so you can try it out first before making a purchase to see if it's a good fit for your business needs. You can take a look at it here.
I hope this helps and best of luck with your Business going forward!