How quickly are you able to set it up?
I leave it set up in one room or other, if I need to move it to a different room or onto the balcony it's just a case of removing the OTA, carrying the tripod+mount in one piece to the location, get it level, then carry the OTA and put it straight onto the mount. Takes a minute that's all.
I assume you both had your scopes shipped to you from the USA
No, mine came from Grovers in Northampton. I was delivered to ship2me in Southampton directly from the importer, ship2me then brought it across on the ferry and delivered it to me. As far as I know it is shipped from China to the importer, it doesn't go via USA. I did the Celestron out-of-focus test and mine does not need collimating (although I am no expert and and expert might notice something I did not) as far as I can tell.
Will your local retailers not match the price of a West coast retailer?