I am sure some commercial operations have a good system to get the syrup to the bees with less trouble than I have. This time of year any syrup is instantly discovered and any of your feeding gear gets covered in bees. The bees follow you into the house or workshop and drown themselves in hordes in a few seconds if you have a top off a feeder or the tiniest gap under a cover. A few spilled drops and you have every hive robbing! Making syrup on the kitchen stove is a nuisance too. Real easy to scorch or boil over. I can certainly see why people choose to leave honey to spare rather than the bother of feeding even if honey is 10 times as valuable per pound as sugar. I didnt intend to feed but with mostly splits and grungy weather most of my hives are lighter than I want to risk wintering.