Many, many years ago, before most people even knew what the internet was, I had a dial-up account with a small company. Only geeks and freaks had that kind of thing back then.
Over the years, maybe going on 15 years now, while I've moved on to more sophisticated web access, I've kept the same email address. I've paid $50 a year for the priviledge which I think is more than enough for the convenience.
Today I got an email with a rather nasty tone saying I've been using the email without paying (WTF, don't think so) and from now on I'll have to pay $8 a month to use. That's around $100 a year.
I'm torn. On the one hand, I want to say screw you, fuckers and get myself a gmail account or something, on the other, I get random emails all the time that I don't want to lose. I've registered with a fuckload of employment agencies that contact me when they have jobs come up that might interest me - far too many of them for me to contact with a change of contact details. I have done a shitload of marketing for my writing that is all by email too.
I'm thinking of paying their shitty overpriced rates for 6 months or so while transitioning to a new address but I am really shitty about this. They are a small company that had excellent personal service in the past and now, I think, they have been taken over by another company. They have been getting $50 a year for a mail service I could get for free elsewhere and now they are getting greedy.
I've contacted them to express my feelings. I bet I'm not the only one.