Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Is Rain International just another nutrition MLM?

Magical superfruits, healing herbs, and hyper-nutritional leaves from the Amazon…we’ve heard it all when it comes to nutritional supplements. Well, almost all.

Rain manages to zero in on an ingredient that is actually pretty unique in this realm: they are “the original creator of seed-based nutrition”.

Their signature products are based on the black cumin seed, among other, and they claim that seeds pack a lot more power than any other part of a plant.

So it turns out they actually have a unique angle as a nutrition MLM…Does this mean I’m involved?

This video explains everything:

Make sense? Either way, here’s the full review on Rain (the company).


Rain opened shop in 2009 in Utah as Rain Nutrition. By 2011, they were already acquired by Rain International. Now operating very strongly in the European Union, with operations in 10 EU countries and hopes to expand even

By 2016, they really got into their stride. The month of January doubled their sales, and by February they were already breaking records.operating very strongly in the European Union, with operations in 10 EU countries and hopes to expand even further. [1]

Their Founder and President is Byron Belka, and though he’s done well for himself in network marketing, he’s not quite as experienced as some. Although he was a top-level distributor for a long time at other MLMs, this company is his first attempt at executive level positions within MLM. He’s a youngster, but sometimes that’s what a company needs.

Belka was a network marketing prodigy who was already hitting top commission levels with his first MLM at the age of 28. He’s been at the top ever since, and after more than a decade of experience, he’s created his own MLM.

Apparently, according to a press release during the merger, Byron Belka actually started out as the company’s Executive Vice President. He must have moved up to President at some point, but why he is credited as a Founder is unclear. [2]

Their products are endorsed by a legit doctor, Bradford Weeks M.D., who does webinars online about the benefits of their SOUL supplement and writes a blog about the power of black cumin seed.

That being said, the guy has been charged with misconduct so many times that he was suspended for five years and almost lost his medical license.

Most of his charges involve inappropriately prescribing drugs, including prescribing HGH for the wrong disorders, and even misdiagnosing people with growth hormone deficiency so that he could prescribe them this product. The product was something he offered patients through the internet, and it sounded suspiciously like a network marketing scheme. [3]

Shady, to say the least.


Their products are all based in “seed nutrition”, which claims that by getting to the core of the fruit, they’re offering a higher concentration of antioxidants and increased nutritional power.

Product lines have some cool names too, like Soul, Core, and Fused. Here’s what they mean…

SOUL is a unique nutritional supplement designed to restore health, and it is also their flagship product. It includes black cumin seed, black raspberry seed, chardonnay grape seed, and d-ribose extracted through a cold press process that prevents damage to the nutritional value of the seeds by avoiding chemicals and high heat.

The product claims to be anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. It has been tested by Brunswick Labs, an independent research unit serving the nutraceutical industry. However, none of their claims have been supported by the FDA, of course.

CORE is the second product they introduced, and it’s designed to cleanse. It’s a nutritional supplement that works together with SOUL (smart, now you have to buy two products). It includes a long list of exotic ingredients like black cumin seed, milk thistle, dandelion, and kale. The product improves health on all kinds of levels, including eliminating toxins, balancing pH levels, and increasing immunity.

FORM is their third product, a protein supplement that combines with CORE and SOUL to create a 3-tier complete health system, which is just a fancy way of saying that now you have to buy three products per month. FORM is designed to build health and strength by burning fat, suppressing appetite, and build muscle.

FORM is supposedly the most concentrated protein supplement available on the market due to the fact that it uses seeds rather than plant protein, which are 20 times more potent. [4]

Other products include FUSED, artisan coffee infused with seed oil, and REVRI, a line of seed-based skincare products.

All of their products are non-GMO, vegan, and gluten-free.


In order to qualify for commission, distributors must maintain a minimum of 50 PV every month…hellooo auto-ship.

Like most MLMs, they’re not very transparent about the opportunity to become “partner” or about their binary compensation plan. You can’t get information regarding the cost to join unless you enter the person who referred you.

However, there are 7 ways to earn with Rain:

  1. Retail Commission is 30%.
  2. First Order Bonus of up to 50% on the first orders of your direct recruits.
  3. First Order Bonus Match of 10% on people your direct recruits enlist.
  4. Executive Leadership Bonus of 1.5% of Rain’s commissionable volume if you maintain an executive leader rank.
  5. Team Commissions of 10% on a binary commission structure.
  6. Lifestyle Bonus ranges from $100 to $1,000 for every week you maintain a top achiever rank.
  7. Generation Match Bonus gets you paid on your team member’s commission checks up to 7 generations deep. It’s the biggest earner for most of their higher level members.

So, their compensation plan is about as standard as it gets. Commission is a little low (35% would be closer to average), but the commissions you make on recruitment are pretty good.

After some digging, I was able to figure out how much it costs to join…and now I understand why they try to hide it. Joining up is not cheap!

There are four package options, and of course, the more expensive ones allow for more earning potential. While you aren’t necessarily at an advantage if you order the package that includes 6 months of autoship, having 3 business centers instead of 1 does significantly increase your earning potential.

Business Builder: $249 (1 business center)

Professional Builder: $599 (3 business centers)

Rain Elite: $919 (1 business center and 6 months of autoship included)

Super Elite: $1259 (3 business centers and 6 months of autoship included)


Their products are a little shady, but at least they’ve got a decent compensation plan.

That being said, even the best compensation plans in MLM aren’t good get rich quick schemes. The majority of people who sign up for network marketing plans don’t see a single dollar.

If it’s something you want to join because you believe in the products and you have a decent method of getting customers, it might not be a bad company to go with. Just don’t expect to quit your job overnight.

If you like automated ways to build passive income, there are better ways.

(and you can trash those old MLM habits, too)

via http://mlmcompanies.org/rain/

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