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How bad is the Honda lawn mower aftermarket parts being counterfeited?

I recently ordered some parts from my local Honda Power dealer for an older HRX217. It was a two and a half week wait before I received a phone call to pick them up. I could have had them shipped to my home but shipping would have been another $16.

I later tried Amazon for several other small parts purchases. They were more or less the same price but shipping was either next day or 2-4 days and free.

The reason I'm asking is that one of the purchases from Amazon was a drive belt for an old HRX217. I researched the part number and ordered from Amazon. It arrived in two days in a Honda labeled sealed bag. The correct part number and logo's were on the bag as well as stamped on the belt. When I installed it I couldn't help but notice that the new belt was 50% wider than the original belt. I looked at my brand new HRX217 to compare belts and it was skinny like the older mower's original belt.
Maybe nothing to worry about but thought I'd ask.

I want to support my local dealer but sometimes I don't want to wait 2+ weeks for arrival.
 

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I take it this mower has been yours since new and only serviced by you? Has the belt every been changed by someone else and they put an aftermarket belt on?
Is there a chance the belt has been updated by Honda to this new design / width?

I take it on good graces that if it has all that, it's "genuine". Could it be counterfeit? Sure. Cavet' is, when buying from a third party (Amazon or other), know the seller. If it's preached as "genuine" and is dirt cheap, that should raise a red flag.
I'm the only one who has ever touched this mower. It just didn't make sense or seem right the new belt was that much wider. The belt came from a vendor called "click and save". Anyway last time I ever order parts from Amazon.
I also work on my older cars and trucks. I am aware of counterfeit parts including bearings, belts, spark plugs etc.
 

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boats.net is a good place to get genuine Honda parts. Of course, there will be a shipping charge, but they’ve always shipped quickly for the things I’ve ordered.
I ordered $100 in parts from them last Thursday. The order update email today said all the parts will be ready to ship this Friday. The update emails at first said Tuesday then Thursday now Friday. WTHeck?
 

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Boats.net order arrived yesterday. Shipped from Jacksonville FL so one day shipping. Ordered on a Thurday and delivered 10 days later. I just ordered some more parts from Parts Tree.
The old mower should be like almost new.
 

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I understand your want to help the local dealer etc, well just let them do all your service work,...
That was my plan when buying from an independant dealer instead of paying $50 less for the same product at Home Depot in 2003.
When I got a recall notice from Honda for my mower I called my dealer. They said to drop it off and they would have it ready in about 2-3 weeks. My mower service was supposed to be ahead of any non-buyers at that dealer. In 2-3 weeks my grass would be 1' tall.
 
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