For reference, the original poster's problem was a possible error in how a Gossip bonus was stacking from the Ring of the Trader. The original poster did not clarify how the issue was fixed, so it's not known if it was a simple matter or re-equipping something, a miscalculation or an actual hiccup in the game.
I went and bought 2 Rings of the Trader (has gossip 2). The first one I equipped boosted my gossip chance by 6%. The second one did nothing at all. According to the wiki I should have gotten +12% (3 for each rank), no? My base is 30%; with both equipped, it is 32%.