1) In highschool I got this first generation Panasonic Shock Wave CD player for my birthday:
That was in 1996, TEN YEARS AGO, and it still works as well as the day i got it. It withstood daily use banging around in my backpack in highschool, same beatings in college, and now i use it in my car with a tape adapter. This Shock Wave stuff will not die. It's incredible durability is the main reason i don't own an MP3 player yet. How could i just pack it away when it works perfectly? It may go through batteries a little faster than modern portable music players, but no way will they be as sturdy or last as long.
2) In 1994 my parents got a separate phone line for me and my sister. We were both given cordless phones for our rooms. I still have that phone. It also lasted as my main phone through college, and it still is today. My dad can't believe it, 2 or 3 times a year he'll call just to ask if i still have the phone. My sister had to toss hers a few years ago when she broke the antenna off, and has gone through 3 other cordless phones since, but mine keeps on going (it's also by Panasonic). I guess they don't make 'em like they used to.
Both of these things have stood up so amazingly well that i emailed Panasonic last month to tell them that they kick-ass.