Conditionally aligning my Zhumell 20x80 took about an hour, end to end. I am just surprised experienced binocular users are not willing (or expect) to invest one hour into even attempting to conditionally align a low-end pair of binoculars.
There are plenty of experienced bino folks who are happy to conditionally align a low end pair of binoculars. I think both Glenn LeDrew (who builds his own binoculars and collimators) and Tony Flanders who was with Sky and Telescope for a number of years own the 15x70 Skymasters.
Myself, I bought a pair of Barska 15x70s, essentially the same binocular as the Skymasters, they were badly out of collimation and I returned them for a refund.
For me, the issue is not the time spent collimating them, it's the fact that I cannot trust them to remain in collimation. My binoculars travel a lot, they go all over the southwest. Most often it's a just 70 mile drive to the high desert in the back of a pickup but sometimes it thousands of miles. I want binoculars that I can decide to use at 2:30 am and know that they will be collimated and ready to go.
I am at a time in my life when I can afford to have decent equipment. I also think that as one becomes more experienced, one becomes less tolerant of flaws. Focusers that shift under pressure, flimsy eyepiece bridges that rock, the aforementioned collimation issue, operating at less than full aperture, often eye relief and off-axis sharpness are issues, poor coatings.
I am not promoting "alpha" binoculars but something along the lines of the Orion 15x70 Resolux's are plenty for me. Rugged, decent optics, they deliver.
I generally buy used and I generally buy good quality. I have purchased my share of entry level binoculars, I have learned some lessons. I have mid range binoculars I bought used more than 15 years ago, they're essentially as good as new.