I've worked with a multitude of bulk email programs over the past 6 years
and they all have their pros and cons. There didn't seem to be one that
could do it all for me and some are so convoluted I just never got started
or I spent loads of hours setting them up only to find out I needed to buy
something before I could send 1000's of emails.
Maian Responder is self-hosted, feature packed yet simple to use and once
you have installed and setup the system (which is very easy) you can fire
away emails without worrying about escalating costs or email limits.
Obviously, managing your own reputation carefully is a prerequisite but any
legitimate email sender will understand this and not expect software to
compensate for reckless email spamming.
Used in conjunction with Amazon's SES as your SMTP you can happily send
2000 emails a day (for FREE) without worrying about a thing.
If you are sick of hunting for a decent self-hosted option, buy Maian
Responder and start marketing instead of cobbling together bad solutions.
Julio Graham (Managing Director - Olive Professional Services Ltd)