So after years of little/no changes in the Retail API I received an e-mailed announcement. Apparently Lightspeed is updating their Retail API pagination so it's cursor-based. Much more efficient and comprehensive, in terms of the response sets. Anyone who relies upon paginated responses should check out the details --> https://developers.lightspeedhq.com/retail/introduction/pagination/ and https://developers.lightspeedhq.com/retail/introduction/changelog/#20220411 . Apparently we will have a year to update our code to account for this, which is good breathing room.
A good update that will help performance and data gaps for those large requests for sure!