Did you have a giggle at the daft spellings on the fake goods that littered the press in the pre-Christmas buying frenzy? I did.
The internet, too, is a goldmine of hilariously hopeless rip-offs. My favourite find was one audacious Chinese pirateâ€™s ad for a fake Apple MacBook Air laptop, using a fake Steve Jobs to sell it.
You might admire their nerve if you didnâ€™t know that this kind of activity routinely funds organised crime: drugs, people trafficking, terrorism.
Counterfeiting is big business and, although some deny its prevalence, it is a very serious threat to the aftermarket.
Right now, according to the experts, one in every 10 replacement parts circulating in the UK is a fake. And weâ€™re not just talking â€˜harmlessâ€™ accessories such as wing mirrors or fluffy dice.
The evidence suggests that the majority of counterfeit parts are now safety-critical: brake pads, steering linkages. The quality of some of the parts that CAT has seen is so shoddy that itâ€™s surprising no one has died yet.
But yet is the operative word.
Counterfeiting is a growing trend in this industry and as consumers continue to cut their spending, demand for cheap parts will inevitably increase.
Itâ€™s up to the trade to resist this and to insist only on fitting quality parts from qualified and trusted suppliers.
Thatâ€™s why CAT is making this our major campaigning issue for 2011. The aftermarket canâ€™t afford the public backlash that will come in the event that a dodgy part does cause a fatal accident.
If you think this summerâ€™s Which? report was hard to take, a death would make that seem like a walk in the park.
We know that CAT readers would be horrified at the thought of fitting a fake and potentially lethal part to their customersâ€™ cars â€“ and thatâ€™s why if you do come across a part that you suspect to be counterfeit, we want you to let us know.
Evidence will be key in the fight against fakes. Letâ€™s fight this one together.