I'm bootstrapping a software business for the first time. I worked in 'stealth mode' for one full-year and now I've got about 100 private-beta-testers loving the software (and already begging for rebates once it goes 1.0 ;) and I'll soon start working on payment processing, which brings to my question(s)...
For credit cards, I'm considering FastSpring which I've heard good thing about (both here and elsewhere) and I haven't found much on the following subject: are payments processors like FastSpring mutually exclusive with regards to other payments processors or to ewallets like Neteller, MoneyBookers, PayPal, etc.?
Can I legally use, say, FastSpring to process all the credit cards payments and process PayPal, Neteller and MoneyBookers directly myself?
What about using, say, FastSpring, to process one credit card payment out of two and another credit card processor to processor the other? (It's a theoretical question, to better understand what is at work here).
Can payments processors companies legally force exclusive agreements? Are some doing it?