I'd like to think we're all here to learn and help each other, so please let's focus on how we can do that...
It's been years since I've done email marketing and I can't wait to launch my current effort and get involved in building and nurturing the clients in my new email list.
Honestly I'm not sure of which email provider I will use. I like some features of mailchimp, but my first email list experiences were with Aweber communications back in 2003-2004 era through 2010, so before I make any final decisions I'll certainly look and see what they have to offer. It's been a while since I talked with the owner I forget his name I think greg or craig... company's probably pretty big now and I won't be able to talk with him directly any more. :(
Anywho... email marketing and its value is by no means dead, and likely never will be. I remember when I sold one of my corporations in 2010 to the former CFO of both Citicorp and Barklays bank (voucher from him here on FD from him btw) ...as I handed him the USB drive with my accounting information and the Aweber email list login details he kind of looked at me, grinned, and said something to the effect of "You know... all this 'stuff' (looking around the office and some inventory) I don't even care about, it's this sales history data and your aweber list is where all the value is." and we shook hands - money wired and deal done.
Point being to all of you new entrepreneurs including as a reminder to myself... treat those lists with care and attention, and treat them like what they are - real customers that represent real opportunity, and hold a real value.
Further to that end... if you are having technical troubles with your email list... of course it requires immediate attention and switch vendors if necessary. Good job using this resource to vet replacements. :)
Good luck all.