Ah, I totally misunderstood your meaning in the first post! Oops!
I have used the buyer request section a couple of times when I was unable to find what I was looking for via a search.
I prefer the search, as I can find someone fairly quickly and place an order and move on to other things.
When I used the buyer search, I did not put in a specific budget amount. I had exaggerated offers, and offers from those who obviously did not have the ability to do what I was asking for, but would be willing to do a WHOLE LOTTA STUFF for only $5. Of course, being on this site for over 2 years, I knew who to ignore, but if I was new here, I might have believed that “maybe it could be done for that price.”
The name of the site, all the $5 gigs you see as you search, it starts becoming like a fairytale land of $5!
Also, when it comes to some things, buyers don’t really understand what they are asking for - I addressed this in another thread - they often have no idea of the work entailed to achieve the end result they desire. If a seller wants to do well, I believe it is important that they educate the buyer on the gig in the description.
I feel like I am getting off topic, so I will stop. (Maybe get some coffee too.)