So like many of you I ordered a couple of Halloween Skulls from DealCrit on Facebook. For those who have received their skulls know the same thing I discovered, the skulls are TINY! See the below image with ruler to see the size that I and others have been sent. Please note the pictures and video on the DealCrit site and Facebook page clearly shows a human sizes skull being picked up with 2 hands. That’s NOT what arrived:
I have reached out to all of the contact email addresses provided on the Dealcrit website and Facebook page and in almost a week have not received a single reply. I paid via PayPal so I opened up a dispute with PayPal. I saved the sticker from the package and it says the following: (part of label worn off) SF — JIANGXINGDASHA_DONGBIN
ROAD FENGZEQUI, QUANSHOUSHI, QUANZH
PHONE: 8615956663000 – I have not tried to call as I don’t speak Chinese.
So I decided to see if one of these mini skulls was fireproof afterall so we placed it into a firepit and turned on the firepit. Here are pictures showing what happened:
First as you can see the white coating on the outside of the skull caught fire and burned, I’m assuming that was whatever it was painted with.
The burned skull then turned almost completely black and a hole opened up in the top along with major cracks
The black soot eventually burned off leaving only a while skull filled with cracks and collapsing upon its own weight ( and they don’t weigh much)
Here is a flash photo after turning off the gas, as you can see the whole thing is a chalky white with a bit of black soot in places and split wide open.
I took a non flash photo to capture the glow from inside the skull and show the extent of the cracking and collapse. The skull was a total loss. Upon cooling it was extremely brittle and basically fell apart on its way to the trash can. All was not lost however! I went to a local Spirit Halloween store (please donate to the Spirit of Children Foundation while at the store) and purchased a set of Fire Skulls from Spirit. They were a little more expensive ($35 regularly but I used a coupon and got them for under $30), but they are full sized and they are ceramic which should stand up to a fire pit. (I will test this weekend).
See the comparison in size and materials!
I hope everyone who ordered from dealcrit will get their money back from an obvious scam. If you have any questions just let me know!
First, the skulls from Spirit Halloween stood up to my fire pit just fine, some light carbon soot on them in some places but that wipes off, even with the fire pit cranked on high it didn’t faze these ceramic full sized skulls from Spirit Halloween.
Second, I finally heard back from PayPal after I escalated my dispute to a claim and then Shengue responded saying if I would send the skulls back they would give me a refund. I called PayPal and finally got to an agent (that was some work) and then explained to the agent exactly what was going on. In order to alleviate me having to send the item back to China (if even possible), PayPal offered me about 80% of my money back as a one-time PayPal credit that could be used for up to 6 months. I went ahead and accepted that since it was unlikely that I would see anything else back at all. Almost immediately the funds showed up in my PayPal account and I can use them as I would any other PayPal funds, except I cannot withdraw them as cash which is fine with me as I use PayPal from time to time to buy things.
Hope this helps others out there!