As for the ties you've mentioned, they are prints, and some are attractive. Â None are going to be particularly high quality compared to, say, a Kiton or Borrelli 7 fold, but they are still useful for many occasions.
They are not necessarily prints. I've seen woven in at least several of those brands (e.g., Nautica). Almost all of the City of London ties I see are woven. Of course, they are also knock offs of higher end ties such as Ted Baker (which sometimes are knock offs of Richard James). When I bought a couple of Ted Baker ties a few months back (Marshall's, on clearance for $8 each
) there were City of London ties there with the exact
same design. Now the weaving is certainly cheaper. A friend of mine bought one, which was a nice looking tie, but after just a couple of wearings it was already fraying badly at the point. I've never had a tie do that. As someone who over the past year has moved up substantially in tie quality, I will say that brands like Nautica make some very attractive ties. However, considering the discounts you can get ties at I don't see any reason to buy a tie that retails below $50 (about Brooks Brothers level) and not much reason to buy below $75 retail (Ted Baker, Faconnable level). I'd rather wear Drake's or RLPL.