A full supply bar of Coke when the factory is fully upgraded should gross you 168k when sold far, or net you 93k if you bought the supplies.
The Coke is produced is discreet increments every 24 minutes. I have a suspicion if you disconnect before the next block is fully produced you may lose progress - so that may be why you're not getting as much.
But assuming you achieve that value, back to the question, should you buy supplies? Consider the time it would take to source a full supply bar, and whatever other activity you could do with that time. My benchmark is I expect to earn 75k every 20 minutes from a high end I/E car sale to a specialist dealer. That happens to be the cost of the supplies. So if you can source a full supply bar in under 20 minutes, then steal them. Otherwise you're better off selling an I/E car and using the proceeds to buy supplies. Assuming the sell mission can be done in 20 minutes you're netting 93k which also beats I/E payouts. You can also do more I/E car sales whilst the Coke produces.
The payout for other biker businesses is far less lucrative. Gunrunning is better.
Regardless of the economics I pretty much shut down my Coke production - I can't stand those $*@king Post Op vans.
Your guide was fantastic dude. Genuinely helped me and I'm quite experienced, lord knows how many have saved time/money or learned just even a little about these businesses combined like that, can't imagine how many. Guests too.
I love CaliMatWagon's threads very much too (of course, and those that contribute there too), and equally, they are gold to the right visitor here. But yours is great for after we've visited Cali's, you know?. His help us learn each business, as to enjoy the new content first of all, like first time runs and doing it all at least once is key for many, even if just to see it. But after that, to then find your guide that incorporates the better bits of each and combine them. Just magic.
The part about the 'if you can in 20 minutes' too, great to see that advice dude. As I feel, even solo with all these toys, we can fill these up that quick. Aside maybe the less central locations, that after newer player following your guide get more comfortable out there, 20-25 minutes is a fair trade off to run the jobs, not pay, you know?. I was fortunate to not need the money as heists and other PvE saw me good prior to freemode businesses, so had the luxury of buying this stuff but not be pressed to see it return cash quick like others, and certainly newer people out there. So I fully enjoy just stealing everything as best as (Or pay as little as possible - Solo crates at 2k a pop - Though with I/E I pay the $20k). Solo, it's 4 jobs maximum really. Though it tends to go van/package/van/package (or vice versa), often just 3 jobs for me alone. Being rather central around the Alamo Sea I feel helps. Half way north, half way south. And knowing the map helps with vast shortcuts too. Can't buy that though, lol.
For me, the MC DLC added some of the better freemode jobs over that period of businesses (pre doomsday). The MC contracts included. Going into buildings like cop stations, the Lost's clubhouses. doing hack to crack safes, to go into Tequi-la-la and such. For fetch quests, much better. Weapon of Choice, Guns for Hire. Just great lil' jobs that get better with more people, IMHO.
But yeah, I like to steal my stuff. So it's nice to see some, especially one that put much effort into the thought here, saying stealing can be Ok. I mean, with a team. One job can do it in 5-10 minutes even, lol. Underappreciated by some as I see people say 'i won't help steal, only sell'... I get their point, and of course stealing don't pay them like selling. But if you get a group and spin the circle, too bloody easy to not have to ever pay.
In regards to the post op vans. I have found that by selling after 11am in game, they don't pop up. Is this just me?. Seems consistent. Heli's, Planes, Bikes, Vans (Burrito/3.5 ton trucks - I think, lol), and not 100% but even trash trucks possibly, but no post op vans for ages now.
The bit about the increments being disrupted. I do believe so with MC. I've had varied results with what a full bar can give. from $126k or $128k-$168k for a far sale. Lone wolf sales that is.
I know the bunker does get interrupted, as this forced me away in the end, and when I returned I ended up going AFK/idle on the last 3 or 4. It's every 7/14 minutes, depending on upgrades and where your staff are.
I had playlists of missions I enjoy all the time, many single contact missions so i can replay them But when doing many of these, the one's that took less than 7 minutes for example, my progress in the bunker would stall and just take for ever. I figure early on that 3 hours online, didn't mean when we're between jobs in playlists or switching sessions by going on call (races and heists also often less than 7 minutes too) so I'd fill the bar, and think 'right, job time...' go on call, or run PL's and come back in a couple of hours, only to see it's moved hardly at all.
The Meth is the worst for this I feel. Always seems to never move when I'm on call or on playlists/heists. So I don't just think. I genuinely feel you need to be in freemode to get these to remain consistent. Again, I was lucky my PvE cash (still am with the current 2x) made the businesses less important to me, so I just plodded and it's all just free money for playing, you know?. But this'd piss me off early on if i was new to the game looking to complete heists, Lamar missions, Special Vehicle Missions, MOC missions, and Doomsday. As it just stalls it so much.
Research being the killer. That was the hardest to manage. Far less optional to do as the MC stuff just gave money, lol. I can get it elsewhere if that stalls. But research completely compromised my natural game. Had to walk, and scream out against it in hope to never see that return. So glad it didn't return. Better, a new bloody heist and PvE. Still amazed there's awards/bonuses/trophies, lol.
* For those still getting LJT call when a business is shut. Re-open it, steal/buy supplies, THEN close it AFTER bought supplies arrive. Be at peace, lol. (Just in case newer readers see this).
Hope I made sense, lol. Thanks man, great guide.