The “sale by scramble” is in effect no different to the current behaviour of bargain hunters at Harrods, where goods are stacked according to their category and the consumer runs mad to be the first to find a good bargain.
Here, male slaves were exhibited on the main deck and female slaves on the quarter deck. Advertisements for slaves all witness this dehumanisation process to product. Slaves which could not cope with this spectre, threw themselves overboard and could not swim. They were released by death.