Conflicting information: In your answer, you wrote, "Cash equivalent is offered since the tax on the prizes are quite large." Yet in the "Exchanging or Swapping a Prize" section of the website www.GameShowPrizes.com you cite as an information source, the last sentence says, "One final note that addresses a common thought for many contestants – cash will not be substituted by the production company for a prize that was promoted on their show and awarded to you, period."
Do some shows offer a cash equvalent but others do not? If so, what's the typical arrangement -- i.e. must take prize as promoted or one has the option to take prize or cash equivalent?