A few years ago I bought a tiny Degen shortwave/amfm/Mp3 player for traveling. The brand is not well known because it is a Chinese company making products for the Chinese market. I got it on ebay from a guy in Hong Kong who translated the manual so he could sell it to English speaking countries. I like that kind of initiative.
The little radio has been through hell and has survived perfectly. The thing I like most about it is that the rechargeable battery is a simply old cell phone battery that can be replaced for 99 cents (ebay again). Most tiny audio devices have a non-replaceable battery so you have no choice but to throw out the player when battery dies.
This radio is made to last. There is no obvious weak point that is designed to fail after so many uses. There are very few consumer electronic products like that these days. They all seem to have some technological-churn built into them. Actually, virtually every products we get in the U.S. is designed to fail.
A few years ago we were in China for a while and realized that most of the stuff they sell within the country is, of course, made in China, and it is made to last. Has anyone else bought anything from China that is made without the ubiquitous planned obsolescence built in?