One of GTA Online’s first major updates came with the Bikers DLC in 2016 which allowed players to run their own Motorcycle Club. Once you’re the MC Clubhouse president you’ll also have access to ‘The Open Road’ online network, which acts as a sort of dark web set up by Lester Crest.
From here you can purchase and operate several illicit businesses which are scattered across San Andreas in Blaine County and Los Santos, including the option to start a Counterfeit Cash Factory.
These businesses might not be as lucrative as some of the game’s more recent heists, but they do provide a good source of passive income, so are well worth the time and money you’ll invest. Read on, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how to set up your Counterfeit Cash Factory in GTA Online, including the best location to pick, the upgrades to buy and the max payout you can earn.
How To Setup A Counterfeit Cash Factory Business
Each business requires an initial set-up mission specific to the type of business purchased and for your Counterfeit Cash Factory, you’ll need to drive to a location, grab a Stockade armoured vehicle and drive it back to the Counterfeit Cash Factory.
Once you’ve completed this mission you’ll be able to start managing the business.
Do note that you can’t start properly turning a profit if you run out of supplies, as business production will stop. You’ll need to either buy more supplies for $15,000 per unit (up to a max of $75,000) or earn them at no cost via missions that allow you to steal supplies from another organization.
GTA Online Counterfeit Cash Factory Best Location
First off, here are the locations and prices of the various Counterfeit Cash Factory in GTA Online:
- Grand Senora Desert ($845,000)
- Paleto Bay ($951,600)
- Cypress Flats ($1,267,500)
- Vespucci Canals ($1,605,500)
Now, which one is best? Generally speaking, it doesn’t matter as no Counterfeit Cash Factory is ‘better’ than any other. The price of the Counterfeit Cash Factory business doesn’t actually impact your productivity or profitability, it’s simply related to the location of where it is based.
That being said, we think the Grand Senora Desert location is best since it’s close to the best Meth Lab and Cocaine Lockup locations. Likewise it’s a good spot for running sale and supply runs. It also happens to be the cheapest of all the Counterfeit Cash Factory locations, meaning you’ll have plenty of money left over to buy those upgrades.
You can see the location for Counterfeit Cash Factory at Grand Senora Desert on the map just below, along with the three other Counterfeit Cash Factory locations which are available.
GTA Online Counterfeit Cash Factory Upgrades
Go to the laptop in your Counterfeit Cash Factory and you’ll be able to purchase upgrades, these can sometimes be quite costly, but they’ll vastly improve your productivity and profitability. The three upgrades you can purchase are listed below, along with their upgrade prices.
|Counterfeit Cash Factory Upgrades|
|Equipment Upgrade||$880000||Purchase this upgrade to install higher quality equipment. This will speed up your production rate, improve the overall value of your product and allow your supplies to stretch further.|
|Staff Upgrade||$273000||Purchase this upgrade to hire more staff. This will speed up your production rate and improve the overall value of your product.|
|Security Upgrade||$456000||Purchase this upgrade to install security personnel and surveillance equipment. This will reduce the likelihood of being raided by the cops or attacked by enemies.|
As you can see, the amount of money you can make and the time it takes to make your profit will vastly improve with the purchase of the Staff and Equipment upgrades. The security upgrades are helpful, but they will not improve your profit margins or productivity.
GTA Online Counterfeit Cash Factory Max Payout
Obviously, the max payout for the Counterfeit Cash Factory will depend greatly on a few different variables. For instance, do you have any upgrades and if so, which? Are you selling close to the Counterfeit Cash Factory or far away? Finally, are you buying your supplies, or are you stealing them?
The optimal way to make the max payout will be to have both upgrades, selling far away and stealing your supplies. Below you’ll find a table to help you work out the best max payout.
|Upgrade||Upgrade Cost||Unit Profit||Minutes per Unit||Capacity||Sell Local||Sell Remote||Profit per Hour|
Is The Counterfeit Cash Factory Worth It In GTA Online
The Counterfeit Cash Factory is just about worth spending your money on. There are 5 MC businesses available and the Cash Factory sits smack bang in the middle of the list when it comes to profitability. It’s not as good as a Cocaine Lockup or Meth Lab, but it’s also not as bad as a Weed Farm or Forgery business.
Arguably though, it’s not a complete waste of time and money, especially considering it’s located pretty close to the Cocaine Lockup. Assuming players opt for the Grand Senora Desert location and buy both upgrades, you’re looking at a total setup cost of $1,998,000, but you should make your money back within 36 hours, which isn’t too long. From then on, it’s pure profit.
GTA Online Counterfeit Cash Factory Not Producing?
As per Rockstar Support, here’s some help to get your Counterfeit Cash Factory producing product again if it stops working.
Question: What can I do if my Motorcycle Club Business will not produce any product?
Answer: Whether you are managing your business through the Nightclub or running it out of your Motorcycle Club, here are a few things to check to be sure your business can produce product.
Make sure all of the following conditions are met:
- The Set-Up Mission for the particular business has been completed
- The Business has supplies available
- If you are managing the Business from the Nightclub, a Nightclub Technician should be assigned to the desired product (Cocaine, Counterfeit Cash, Forged Documents, Methamphetamine, or Weed)
- You are playing in a public session
- You are playing while registered as a Motorcycle Club President
You should see your product level increase after 30 to 50 minutes of play – depending on the product.
If the business continues to not produce any product, you can try the following steps:
- Shut down the Business
- Play online in a public session for more than 30 minutes
- Re-open the Business and play as a Motorcycle Club President, making sure the conditions above are met
That’s everything you need to know about the GTA Online Counterfeit Cash Factory. If you’re looking for more GTA guides then follow the links below for more helpful tips, tricks and explainers.
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