You submit your site direct to Looksmart, pay the $$, get accepted and eventually appear in the LS stable of SE's.
You submit the same site to AV via their free submit. AV is not interested in what you did over at LS, and your site sits in the AV queue like every other free submission.
But if your paid submission to Looksmart is done via the AV facility, are you saying that this is a fast track into AV? Is this what you mean when referring to paid listings in AV?
All I see on the Express page on AV is "Your site is automatically submitted to the AltaVista Search index"... no fast tracking mentioned or implied.... no indication that AV treats it differently from a free submit.
If fast tracking does happen, and Looksmart still processes the submission as if was direct to them, then why would you even think about using the direct submission to LS?
Pay the dollars via AV and get both AV and LS. Pay the same dollars direct to LS and get LS only? No contest...
Surely this can't be right... can it? There is something in this scenario that doesn't add up... what have I missed?
Is it the same story over at Excite?