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SES is indeed much cheaper that the others (mailgun, sendgrid, postmark etc.)

But you have some things missing from your calculation:

1) Attachments (yes, SES charges separately)

2) Dedicated IP addresses (SES charges you separately for this)

3) S3 (where emails are stored

4) AWS Lambda (because you need a script/function, that processes incoming messages as they come in).

But yes, you're right, with SES its cheaper than others, couple of thousand tops




Developing and managing your own system, like the OP did, takes a lot of time and energy - all of that, when calculated, costs a lot more :)


> Developing and managing your own system, like the OP did, takes a lot of time and energy - all of that, when calculated, costs a lot more :)

> costs a lot more

> costs a lot more

> costs a lot more

The point was super clear, and yet you managed to miss it.

@jitbit clearly stated that he and his colleagues evaluated several possibilities, and the decided to set up their own system.

It's literally short-term decision: it's a make-or-buy problem.

The make options surely takes some time, but it is a one-time expense with pretty much low maintenance and super-low operating-cost ($4/month). It also requires some study but hey, that's know-how that is going to stay in the company.

The buy options is a lot more costly, but gives the gift of ignorance: you are not required to know or do anything.

And if you are wondering what the costs are: setting up a basic mail server for a domain takes as little as a couple of hours. A little-more complicated might take a day, and a complex setup not more than a week, for a skilled person.

Considering other options, it might just be cost-effective to hire a consultant to set it up.

Source: i've been running my mailserver for years, and I've done consulting in setting up and troubleshooting mail servers.




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