Just now I needed to order a new GE stove burner. Seems that the same thing is happening over at Amazon. I had seen on the news that there have been complaints of knockoffs. Well, it seems that they are doing it with stove burners. Show a picture of the genuine GE thing but that's not what people are getting. At least that's what the reviews say.
I once had a burner go bad in an old apartment. Not sure how old the stove was. Probably pretty old. I had walked into the other room when all of a sudden I heard what sounded like one of those whistling fireworks. Whistling Pete/Piccolo Pete. I looked towards the noise, saw blue sparks hitting the ceiling, then heard a "bang". All went silent. No more sparks, but I then hear water. It was water leaking out of my pan that I was boiling pasta in. Somehow the very tip (outside of coil) became super heated and literally blew right off, shooting sparks and shooting a hole in my pan! Landlord fixed the stove for me.
But after witnessing that, there is no way I am taking a chance on a Chinese knockoff. I ordered straight from GE where I know I am getting the right thing.
Now that I think of it, it's not just electrical things. I ordered what I thought were Tom's shoes from their outlet. What I got was a joke. Tiny shoes that maybe appeared from a distance to be that brand but were very poorly made.
This is frustrating, especially if I need something that I can't find in a store and have to get online. Anyone else been burned by bogus parts? Or other things?