Yeah I was in there a couple months ago for their warehouse sale and all of their neat and patterned ties were made by Drake's according to the SA I was talking to. I know Spoo spelled out which were and which were not Drake's when the sale was on but I can't hunt that thread down for some reason.
Either way for under $40 I'm not sure why you don't just pull the trigger. IMO ties are like pocket squares. If you like then buy. You're not buying a suit or a pair of black cap toes that will likely feel your wrath hundreds of times throughout their lives. For a tie, if you like it and the price is right then I say buy. Sometimes we get too caught up in "quality" and "craftsmanship" when it isn't that crucial... myself included