"Sometimes I wish we could hit them over the head, rob them, and throw their bodies in the creek." - Al Swearengen
Plentiful PvP drops vs cash equivalent:
GUN - Steyr AUG (7,6) vs Assault Rifle (7,5 - $36,000)
MELEE - Nail Bat (7,5) vs Fire Axe (7,5 - $27,000)
ARMOR - Wrester's Mask (4,7) vs Stab Vest (3,7 - $9,000)
VEHICLE - Armored Police Truck (4, 19) (not sure when this starts dropping) vs Armored Limo (7, 17 - $7,000,000)
And except for Police Truck, these are just the crappy PvP drops....it costs you $72,000/mafia member to equip with crappy stuff and no vehicles....it gets exponentially more expensive to buy better items. And when you add in the better drops, farmed items (Rusty M4A1, Lowiders) and RP items (NVBs & CWs), it's going to be awfully expensive to buy non-gold items to improve your stats.
Plus you need to build your econ to be able to open up better farming locations at higher levels (ECB & UWV), buy explosives and eventually end-game items such as FBI shields and Dual Machine Guns.
2) Do you ever complete multiples of the same job in one of the locations on the map, while still in the same level, before that location levels up, in order to gain more weapons/cash? Sometimes I get bored with camping, so I go to the map and browse the lower level locations, trying to get the most cash/weapons but the least amount of Expert Points. After learning what I have from this post, it seems this might not be wise, due to the weapon value deterioration. hmmm...
3) Is there an easier way to track the number of vehicles you have rather than going through your inventory and manually counting?! I'm level 59, so the number of mob I can use is 295 (59*3), which means I can use up to 295 vehicles. Man, I really don't want to have to do that lol
3) everyone uses spreadsheets and updates them periodically...there is no easy way.