June 10, 2009

Mafia Wars Cuba Businesses; Strategy Guide

In Mafia Wars Cuba, instead of buying properties, you have the option to take over businesses. There are 6 businesses available right now. Each business will produce materials every 3 hours, which you can then exchange for currency by clicking on the "sell" button (see picture below):



How Businesses Work

Businesses produce items which then can be sold. They work passively, but if you go a week without playing, your inventory will have filled up long ago. Unlike property, you can only buy 1 of each type of business. From there, you can upgrade 3 business attributes:

Product Quality: Changes the item your business produces. Upgrading this will increase the amount of profit you get per item you sell. Upgrading this costs twice as much as upgrading the other attributes.

Capacity: Increases your storage capacity. The limit is 2280 units. Upgrading this stat does not increase your maximal earning potential, it simply allows you go to longer between selling your inventory. With a fully upgraded output and capacity, your reserves will fill up once every 24 hours.

Output: Increases the amount of product you produce every 3 hours. For each upgrade point, this produces 20 more units every 3 hours. This is upgradeable until the output reaches 280.


Summary of Business Types

Keeping up with a long tradition of a lack of ingenuity, there appears to be virtually no difference between businesses aside from cost. That is, a tobacco plantation costs exactly half that of a sugar plantation, and produces exactly half as much income. A coca field costs 10 times as much as a tobacco plantation, and produces exactly 10 times as much income. Therefore, it makes no difference which type of business you buy first. Regardless, here are the 6 businesses, along with upgrade costs and product output:

Update: The costs for the initial businesses are no longer accurate. These have been recently changed. The output/price of selling the items is still the same.


Tobacco Plantation - Cost: 25,000 Cuban Pesos
Sale price of product: Starts at 400/100, ends at 800/100
Upgrade cost for Quality: Starts at 3,200. increases 400 every level and ends at 4400.
Upgrade cost for Capacity/Output: Starts at 1,600, increases 450 each level and ends at 5,200 for the final upgrade.


Sugar Plantation - Cost: 50,000 Cuban Pesos

Sale price of product: Starts at 800/100, ends at 1,600/100
Upgrade cost for Quality: Starts at 6,400, increases 800 each level and ends at 8800 for the final upgrade.
Upgrade cost for Capacity/Output: Starts at 3,200, increases 900 each level and ends at 10,400 for the final upgrade.


Factory - Cost: 100,000 Cuban Pesos

Sale price of product: Starts at 1,600/100, ends at 3,200/100
Upgrades: Quality - Starts at 12,800, increases 1,600 each level and ends at 17,600
Upgrade cost for Capacity/Output: Starts at 6,400, increases 1,800 each level and ends at 20,800 for the final upgrade.

Coca Field - Cost: 250,000 Cuban Pesos

Sale price of product: Starts at 4,000/100, ends at 8,000/100
Upgrade cost for Quality: Starts at 32,000, increases 3,200 each level and ends at 44000
Upgrade cost for Capacity/Output: Starts at 16,000, increases 4,500 with each level and ends at 52,000 for the final upgrade.

Bodega - Free

Produces Canned Goods
Output: 200 cuban pesos / 3 hours
Cannot be upgraded

Bribery Ring - Costs 75,000 Cuban Pesos to take over
Produces Politco Corruptos
Cost to Upgrade Output: 15,000, 25,500, 43,300, 73,700 for final upgrade. Max capacity 5 politicos every 3 hours
Cost to Upgrade Capacity: 15,000, 25,500, 43,300, 73,700 for final upgrade. Max capacity 10.



Summary:

Maxing out your businesses happens pretty fast. The order in which you buy the upgrades is not terribly important, though you will make money faster if you upgrade output twice to start, then upgrade quality a few times, then output, then quality. Capacity should be upgraded last in most cases. With all four businesses maxed out, you can make 38,080 Cuban Pesos every 3 hours, or 304,640 a day (equivalent to doing the highest paying jobs nearly 100 times). Now if only there was something to do with all your Mafia Wars Cuba money..

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38 comments:

  1. It is a bit nice to be able to upgrade the quality and sell existing crates for more. Not that important though.

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  2. UPDATE: Tobacco Plantation now only costs 12,500 Cuban Pesos instead of 25,000.
    Great news for starters in Cuba! :)

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  3. I think that it is REALLY hard to start at Cuba because you have no money and you have to start with businesses that are expensive and you get very little money, compared to properties, and you only get paid every 3 hours, compared to every hour. You also have high-energy using jobs that don't pay much and need expensive tools to do. I like the businesses, I just like the property better because it is much easier to get properties.

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  4. im in lvl 53 and im a consigliere is that good

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  5. What is the purpose of the stars below the Business Photo?

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  6. it tells you how high the quality of your product is - 1 star is basic, 5 stars is fully upgraded

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  7. I don't like how your cuban income is capped. They should add more businesses, four seems to little. Also, I wanted to buy 501 of the best weapons in cuba, but if you do that, you will never earn any money in cuba from jobs. 100 of any cuban items, and already you earn (100 x 0.5%) 50% of the maximum job payout. Kinda sucks.

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  8. i just hope it can transfer money :)

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  9. The only purpose of the business is to subsidize your bribes. If you buy 100 of everything for weapons/armor/vehicles, you will earn -50% of the possible income, but be VERY powerful. I doubt you'll lose one in twenty fights (critical hits discounted). Cuban cash is good for nothing else.

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  10. There is now Bribery Ring and Bodega in Cuban Businesses.

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  11. and now the upgrade cost is VERY EXPENSIVE!!!

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  12. I just bought my first tobacco plantation about a minute ago. What do you think, should I wait and buy the sugar plantation or should I upgrade my tobacco plantation first? Thanks

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  13. In my opinion, you should be able to transfer monies from NY to Cuba, it should cost alot due to fees for protection of the money, the actual transfer, etc...but it will give you a chance to have some more money to work with buying items and businesses instead of waiting forever to generate profits from the Cuban businesses.

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  14. Most of this info is outdated and inaccurate already

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  15. The reason you wont be able to transfer money is because Cuba is on the international monetary watch list. Basically you cant transfer money to certain countries thoughtout the world because of political regimes/ drug production etc(places like N korea and Iran etc) actually maybe i'm giving the creators a little too much credit here haha they probably thought it would be a bit easy for ppl if u could transfer it. lol

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  16. I noticed an unbelievable opportunity to bank your money for free, however it might be an option only in Cuba. The trick is to deposit only C$9 at once. Well, yes, it might take some time.... but it works :)

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  17. True, considering 10% of 9 is .9 and the game doesn't factor tenths. Even if you had 1,000 it would take forever. I think they are going to add the ability to transfer money from NY to Cuba ... at least the site gives that impression, if you click on 'where's my cash?' link a box pops up that tells you first have to establish a money laundering racket and for now you'll have to take money from the locals. Cuba is still in testing btw I'm sure they have alot of ideas and true if players could just transfer funds it wouldn't be as fun...everyone would by the better Cuban weapons, now you have to choose on where to focus

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  18. The Factory cost c$150k and the Coca Field c$350k

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  19. how much does it cost for the final upgrades in output and capacity for the cocoa field?

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  20. Hmm. Tired the $9 trick. Says u must deposit at least $10

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  21. my bodega and bribery ring have stopped filling up, tey say i have collected them all when i havent collected in days...any ideas?

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  22. the same thing has happened to me, I have the tobacco plantation which I have upgraded quite alot but its the bodega one that has completely stopped producing goods..Any help would be great...

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  23. The only way to get money initially in Cuba is to fight and steal it. I've got all 6 businesses; 3 are fully upgraded, the rest almost and I've collected 278 Politico Corruptos and I've still only mastered Level 1 El Soldado. All from start-up cash "stolen from the locals" in the first couple of days.
    I fight in Cuba, heal in NY and get my UCP's in Moscow. The Moscow weapons are so expensive, that I figure while I'm almost finished Episode One there, at least I'm getting rubles while chasing the UCP's; I don't need more US dollars. I'm happy with how it's working with all the sections being different.

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  24. I don't bank money in Cuba as if you travel back to NY your money is safe. If someone fights you then you lose money based on where you are. I bank my NY money, leave my Cuba and always travel back to NY straight away

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  25. No your money will lose in fight based on attacker city. If u attack people in Moscow, you will get Rubles (if they are > 20 health and have money in hand). The same goes to Cuban Pesos

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  26. Whats the deal with Money laundering?
    I'm playing the Facebook version, and am 50% of the way thru the annoying one (8x political corrupto's needed per job repeat, but can only get 5 per 3 Hrs)

    So, whats the deal, I finish Cuba and its activated? TFU if you ask me.

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  27. Do you have to be at a certain level to upgrade your businesses in cuba?

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  28. i always leave myself in cuba with my money banked, and log on to find myself a couple hundred up in cuban pesos.

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  29. ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE BODEGA (THE FIRST ONE) cannot BE UPGRADED

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  30. I have finished Cuba...I think....now what happends to my pesos and why am I still maing money on my Cuban businesses?

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  31. It doesn't stop making money just because you finished idiot.

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  32. I can't buy business in New York because I am fearless is this correct? and if that is true how can I gain all the achievements?

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  33. We should have the possibility to laundry some money from NY to Cuba -> to increase the cuban pesos a little :-)

    It is called "Mafia" at last...and the money in the family is sent across countries, get washed, exchanged...etc..

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  34. now I have all six businesses upgraded, 5 to 30 and Bodega to 2 (with text "this property cannot be upgraded") and I earnd NO achievement...
    Think it´s cause of the update that it`s no longer possible to get the Tycoon-Achievement. There still stands "in Progress 3/6" - thats from before the update :-(

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  35. i owned all the businesses in cuba and upgraded to a maximum level but still my achievement(banana republic)is not achieved,it indicates .....in progress(5/6)

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  36. it is now properties and i have maxed them all out yet i still do not have the 'banana republic' achievement it states that i only have maxed out 4/6 properties.
    plz help

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