It occurs to me that this poll, in a sense, creates a bit of bias in the results, considering @PrincipalTinker’s comment about what made her cry.
If GIVEN A CHOICE, most people will see the practical advantage of choosing the money over the chips/cookies. When I’m polled, I can stop and think about it.
HOWEVER, if you were to just give people either a gift card for $80, or give people a smaller amount plus the “gift basket” of chips/cookies, and then report back how it made them feel, you might come to an entirely different conclusion. And, in fact, it is possible I, myself, would report an entirely different outcome than I did when offered a choice.
We’ve been watching numerous videos on DCL lately, and in every situation, when someone walks back into their stateroom and finds just three chocolates on their bed, or whatever, they are ECSTATIC! A (very) small detail that made the trip feel special in a way that I’m sure that bonus gift card ahead of time did not.