I kinda disagree. I like this method much more (having a storefront instead of having to apply to jobs), but I think buyer requests can offer amazing value, and I think they are quite different from other freelance sites like upwork, even though you have to make a pitch in both. The big difference is that you can just point the client to the storefront, instead of having to pitch from 0 and, more importantly, the workflow philosophy - there are no time trackers, no milestones, nothing - the client orders, the client gets the product, and that’s it - and this applies to buyer requests as well. Much more efficient and streamlined than any other freelance website I worked for. Also, from my experience, much easier to win bids. Much, much easier.