We at Orion Leather make every single belt to order, including Massdrop buys. That is actually the reason why it takes a little longer for buyers to get their orders - we actually make the belt to order. So, factory seconds are not an option. We also provide a 100 year warranty on our belts, that covers all manufacturing defects among other things. That warranty applies to Massdrop purchased items. Mistakes happen, and at times, we miss a belt that has an issue, before it goes out to the customer. If that happened, please contact us and give us a chance to make things right.