Hi @Lawjamesq, don't worry about the rant, it's more than okay and I can understand where you're coming from.
Now let's try to understand why this might be happening, and get to the bottom of this. You mentioned that you got a new laptop.
Is it safe to assume that you downloaded the app from scratch to the new device? If so, that would explain why all the files are syncing. Upon the initial installation, all the content needs to sync to the device.
Unless you had already copied your Dropbox folder from your old device, to the new one. Let me know how you went about this.
Even if you had newly installed the app to your computer, it's a bit odd that the number of files isn't decreasing. Could you check the app's precise syncing status, and version that you're using?
You can do this by locating your Dropbox icon on your task bar, next to your WiFi and hovering your mouse there. Let's make sure that you're not using a beta version, and we'll go from there.