9 knockoffs as good as the originals

There's no trade-off with these imitation products. Some of them are even superior picks.

By Kim Peterson Apr 17, 2013 2:00PM
Image: Woman reading book on sunlounger on vacation -- Image Source/Image Source/Getty ImagesAs a general rule, faking it doesn't work. But there are exceptions.

Sometimes, an imitation product can be as good as the real thing. And in rarer cases, the knockoff is even better.

Fake tans might be the best example of a superior knockoff. Say what you want about a tan in a bottle, but sunless tanning products from Estee Lauder (EL) and other companies are far more preferable to the premature aging and skin cancer that can come from too much sun.

We asked around the moneyNOW team and found nine cases where the fake version is just as good as the original. They're usually cheaper, too, which is an added bonus.

Click here to see the list.

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Apr 23, 2013 12:15PM
Kim, I can tell you didn't do much research on synthetic diamonds before making your comments on them.  They are neither "fake" nor a "knock off".

"Synthetic diamonds are carefully grown in labs to be indistinguishable to the untrained eye. They look and feel exactly like a mined diamond, but sell for a fraction of the price, especially as the price of mined diamonds has soared.

Man-made diamonds are almost too superior, since they have fewer flaws and structural defects than mined diamonds. "  

This entire section is misleading.  They are indistinguishable from and look and feel like mined diamonds because they are 100% real diamond.  They are structurally, chemically, and physically identical to mined diamonds.  The only difference between a lab created diamond and a mined diamond is the process used to create them.  Heat and pressure are applied by humans instead of nature....that's about it.  Lab created white diamonds also aren't much cheaper than mined.  Colored diamonds are cheaper than their mined counterparts but are still more expensive than whites.  They also have just as many flaws (especially since there aren't nearly as many lab created diamonds as there are mined diamonds) because they haven't come close to perfecting the process yet.   There's already enough misinformation out there about lab created/"synthetic" diamonds ("synthetic"isn't really even a fair name considering the result is the same produced by nature)  without your uninformed comments.
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