Another question from my email box:
Question: Is it possible to use more than one eCommerce service?
Answer: Yes, it’s possible but not recommended.
There aren’t any legal issues why you couldn’t use several eCommerce service providers but there are reasons why you should use only one.
1) First of all having more than one eCommerce provider will take more time to handle. You have several contact persons who will reply same questions differently. The eCommerce control panels are different: takes time to learn different. If you plan to customize your shopping cart you have to customize it separately for each service provider. If you upload your game or use key generators it will take extra time.
2) It’s more complex to have more than one provider: where will you direct players from your game’s download version? Ecommerce provider A or B? Registration keys generated by eCommerce systems might not use the same software.
3) It might cost you bit more. Maybe not much more, but if you have 3 providers giving you $100 each (total of $300) and taking $5 fee for sending you money that’s $15. If you have only one provider you pay only $5 for that $300. These aren’t huge sums but for starting indies they might be.
Basically, there aren’t such benefits that you would get for using more than one service provider (maybe only in case you want to have different affiliate systems, but I would still have one main eCommerce partner and use others purely for affiliate reasons.