Does the end ever justify the means? Well, maybe sometimes-not by the use of illegal, immoral, unethical or violent means, of course, but in a limited way if something good might be achieved. There have been many long (and often boring) philosophical discussions over the years about this general subject, but consider the following actual business case and decide for yourself.
In a multi-state area at the end of a very long supply line, a gasoline marketing company was experiencing a frustrating year-after-year decline in market share. Never the largest marketer, but a historic and proud competitor, the companys stations were older and on smaller lots with limited frontage. New highways had bypassed many of them, and nearby neighborhoods had decayed, resulting in lower gasoline volumes and fewer customers for inside work. It was getting difficult to find competent dealers to operate these stations.