I've not seen mention of this detail in any of the update info on lodestone, and I haven't actually seen this specific issue in all the complaints about bazaars and market wards. (Sorry if I missed it.)
But it's kind of ludicrous that in order to request items through my bazaar, I firstly need said item, AND to purchase multiple items I need atleast the same number of said item already...
If I am looking to buy something doesn't it sort of insinuate a lack of that item?
in it's current state requesting items only ideally works for shards/crystals and a few materials and only if have them already... why can't I set my retainer to request a weapon I am looking for at the price I am willing to pay? Or if I run out of lightning crystals to make thread why do I need to go find/buy more before I can seek them in my bazaar?
It's a very backward system right now.