There is very limited relevance in using a bike shop analogy. Shops normally display goods with displayed prices. For intangible products such as services, the price is usually an hourly rate for labour/labor with parts & consumables extra or a fixed charge for a described service, e.g. repair puncture without having to replace tyre. The shop price, at least in English-speaking (legal) jurisdictions, is usually only an invitation to treat, i.e. inviting an offer. So it does not have to be the final price but it is a clear expression of the expected price.
In the #marketplace and in the context of this topic, we are specifically talking about potential buyers entreating support. This #marketplace is not a shop so there are no prices posted for buyers to peruse, although there are topics where prices, e.g. for the Pavilion team, are visible.
The issue I brought up is based on defining who is expected to provide the invitation to treat and the first expression of value. I think that should be the topic creator as the buyer. Just as it should be the topic creator as seller if a developer advertised their services in a #marketplace topic.
You could say that price is somewhat irrelevant to this topic because the primary topic referred to by you had sufficient budget yet still ended up as a support topic. Based on a secondary thread about low prices, I’d say that topics with insufficient value for you to look at at least make it clear that you are unlikely to get a successful contract so you can make more efficient use of your time.
But topics without any expression of value probably mean that you are far more likely to consider their request and waste your time. That’s why I’m focused on the lack of an expressed value because it is often used to hide, by ambiguity and evasiveness, the fact that they want free support or want free development.
It could be said that those people will then post a value high enough to be considered. The advantage of this is that if they do, these tyre-kickers, time-wasters and even liars will be more clearly identified as such.