Given the transportation and logistical circumstances here in NYC post-Sandy, I’m not able to be at the 5th Avenue store for this morning’s iPad mini intro. Since I can’t give you first-hand reports, here’s a roundup of the buying experience from those in the midst of it.

(Apple is running private shuttles for employees to make it in to work at 5th Ave, per BI. Two of Apple’s five retail locations in Manhattan are in the powerless zone below midtown and are presumably closed; so are the independent Digital Society, Mike’s Tech Shop and Tekserve stores, although Tekserve CEO Aaron Freimark emailed this morning to say that his store is open — no power, but doing customer transactions via Square, and expecting a full shipment of new iPads and minis today.)

Bloomberg TV editor Jake Beckman sums up the NYC prioritization split quite well:

Fortune’s Philip Elmer-DeWitt, a consistent presence at the 5th Ave store for launches, reports about 550 people in line there this morning (and several camera crews). He suspects many of this morning’s shoppers are planning to contribute their purchases to the overseas gray market. Fortune also has a collection of line videos from the launches in the Far East earlier today.

GearLive’s Andru Edwards posts his line picture from Lynwood, WA:

Lines in Seattle appear modest, per @oakie:

iPad mini launch day

ifoAppleStore’s Gary Allen is surveying the globe and notes a line in Amsterdam:

And another one here in Paris, where gray market shoppers may also be among those filling the queue:

London’s Covent Garden store, apparently, was not as well attended this morning:

FirstPost reports a modest line in Sydney, Australia earlier today. Reuters relays Gene Munster’s suggestion that some mini demand may be waiting for the release of the cellular-enabled models in a few weeks. The Register reports similarly muted retail crowding in Glasgow.

iPad mini launch day originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 02 Nov 2012 08:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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