I risk cramming my foot directly into my mouth here, if in fact you ordered either of those items from NPD...
Plenty of smaller Mustang parts outfits have called it quits recently (and one larger one is teetering on the brink), but retail suppliers are not the manufacturers..
Most manufacturers are still plugging away, and in the Mustang restoration parts industry, there are FREQUENTLY choices to be made between different sources/manufacturers on specific parts. This is due to the high-volume and popularity of the classic Mustang, there's enough demand to support competing toolings and manufacturers.
Where you can really get lost, is in the brand-name-game. The brand-name doesn't necessarily mean that the brand-name is actually manufacturing the part, or at least controlling the development/tooling/manufacturing of the part through a 3rd-party manufacturer. Often times the brand-name is just re-packaging stuff that is free-market (meaning we/NPD could source and buy the same components and re-sell ourselves), and it might not be the best tooling or option out there. Sometimes the best-quality tooling/manufacturing on the market comes in a plain white box, a clear bag, or a brown cardboard box, with no recognizable "brand" associated with it.
Since we (NPD) follow a "best-quality-sourcing" priority, often times we find ourselves competing against the brand names, be it sheet metal, or anything, due to the fact that we frequently source-direct to factories that we deem to be the best... But we are penalized by the fact that so many people are affected by brand-marketing, like a shiny object, and they gravitate towards products that have brands associated.
But it's a penalty that we accept, in that we're dedicated to best-quality-sourcing, brand or packaging be-damned, hoping that our overall reputation for best-quality will overshadow all of the logo and brand-marketing that exists elsewhere in the market.
Anyhow, I respect the fact that you've not named any names... And hell, you could have ordered that sketchy stuff from us, in which case I'd like to know. I'd welcome a PM letting me know the brands you ordered, and from where you ordered, so that I can see whether the same issues exist on our shelves, and/or inform you whether better products are available from different manufacturers.
Last edited by 69bossnine; 06-19-2019 at 10:17 AM.