Sent an email to a custom dress maker yesterday inquiring about cost (my exact wording was "I am curious about a price range for your work as well as general timeframes.").
Her reply back was "Would love to work with you. What is your budget?"
Oh HELL no.
I've already gotten a (VERY helpful) reply back from another shop (and this lady's prices are probably similar) so I'm considering sending her a snarky reply back a la "Thanks, but that doesn't answer my question about costs or time frames, thanks though" or "I don't wish for my personal budget to affect the pricing of your work." Or I could just ignore her email altogether as I'm obviously not interested in working with her now (I mean, she obviously doesn't take my concerns or opinions seriously).