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It's always such a crap shoot...on the one hand, it's not like there are 10 different companies make these aftermarket parts, sometimes even the least expensive part will be made by the OEM....or even the aftermarket part is made better than the OEM(think MOOG Problem Solver), Other times you get what you pay for...cheap part = cheap price. Mevotech is famous for this...their control arms are outstanding! While some of their other parts are just Czech pieces of crap.
IMO, you never go wrong with MOOG (especially problem solever's)...Dorman could be anyone's guess (same with Mevotech)..could made by Federal Mogul, could be made in Czech Republic or Chinese knockoff...just depends who was the low bid.
Short answer is, unless you know who made the part and where nobody can really answer your question about the $22 part with any certainty.....maybe it's a first quality overstocked item that a big box retailer quit stocking so they sold it to Rock for peanuts....OR....priced where it is because there were so many returns on it that the big box guys said get rid of this $hit!
Good Luck.....let us know what you went with and how it turned out
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